Morgon Vieilles Vignes — Gamay 2020
A Wine That
could represent Beaujolais in the Wine Olympics, should such a thing exist. From Guy's oldest vines, this fine wine represents everything that Gamay is capable of. At first it whispers to you of white pepper and blueberries, but make sure to give it some time - after a while it will pull you right into the glass. It tells the tales of decades gone by, and provides more concentrated aromas of fruit, soil and flowers in one glass than most wines provide in a whole bottle.
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- Winemaker: Guy Breton
Where and How?
From Guy's organic old Gamay vines in the 'Les Charmes' parcel of the Morgon Cru of Beaujolais, handed down to him through the family. Many growers consider vines to be above the age of 40, but these are between 80 and 100 years old! This means that the vines produce incredibly complex and powerful fruit, which resonates within the glass.
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.
Thank you to Aaron Ayscough for this beautiful photograph.
The Winemaker: Guy Breton
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.