Guy Breton Beaujolais Villages Cuvee Marylou (750ml)
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Guy Breton is part of the Beaujolais “gang” of traditionalist growers and winemakers seeking to craft pure and organic wines that convey the unique terroir in Beaujolais. Breton’s domaine is a tiny three hectares; a percent of which lies in the appellation of Morgon. The vines range in age from 8 to 80 years. The naturally low pH of the soil in which the vines grow makes for favourable conditions to practice sulfur free vinification.
Fresh red field berries with tea leave notes and spice. Bright, light and juicy on the palate with some forest floor notes and spice on the finish.
Guy’s Beaujolais Villages “Marylou” is sourced from the Saint Joseph and Grand Cras subzones of the appellation, about 500 meters from his Morgon vines. 45 year old Gamay growing on granite and rock. The wine is named after Marylou, Guy Breton’s daughter.
Grapes are cooled to 5-6° C after harvest to begin fermentation at low temperature, fermentation with indigenous yeast, short maceration before the wine is pressed and racked to aging vessels (tank or wood) before the end of fermentation. The wood comes from used barrels from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Only tiny doses of sulfur added during élevage and at bottling and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Breton loves wines that are easy to drink, and his are typically the lightest in color, the lowest in alcohol, and the least tannic of the Gang of Four wines. Breton’s wines open up beautifully with time.
Summer is here and, if I didn’t have a job, dog, friends and hobbies, I’d drink Beaujolais on my deck every single day. This one is extra lovely-smells like red berries, a bit of spice, and my hands digging in an herb garden. On the palate, it is lively, fresh, and silky with a hidden depth and more tannin than you might expect.