Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019 — Gamay
A Wine That
dazzles; a wine that makes the whole room hush one another so they can give it their full attention. This has a depth of flavour like no other Gamay we know; a bottomless pit of red fruit and forest exploration.
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- Winemaker: Guy Breton
Where and How?
This is organically farmed Gamay from Guy Breton's 80+-year-old bush vines in Morgon.
Fermentation is always the same for all of Guy's Beaujolais Cru wines, to let the terroir speak, not the winemaking. Carbonic maceration takes place in concrete for between fifteen days and three weeks. He learnt how to vinify using carbonic maceration from the master himself: Jules Chauvet, a revolutionary biochemist and wine merchant. This special technique is one that elevates the fruity and floral characteristics of Gamay and provides a very delicate tannin structure. Ageing takes place in old wooden barrels, bottled the next summer. A miniscule amount of sulphur is added before bottling, and never any sulphur during vinification.
Photo courtesy of Aaron Ayscough
Guy Breton is a revolutionary winemaker and farmer. Having grown up in Beaujolais, Guy himself admits he didn't even really like wine that much until he met the great late Jules Chauvet and fellow winemaker Marcel Lapierre in the early 80s. From spending time with them and tasting their wines, young Guy developed an obsession for Gamay. Together with a group of other winemaker friends, they made and farmed wine without chemicals, promoting natural farming methods, using natural yeasts only, and vinifying without sulphur. It is no exaggeration to say that from this group grew an entire movement - a movement that is today often dubbed "the natural wine movement," or in French, vin natur.
Today, the ever-humble Guy continues to farm and work in Villié-Morgon. Indeed, he might not even realise quite how famous he is in the wine world. His wines are listed in fine dining restaurants and trendy wine bars all around the world, and they continue to inspire wine drinkers and winemakers globally.