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With vineyards dating back to 910 AD that have been farmed organically since the 1950s, and three generations of experience vinifying without additives, Julien Guillot is producing some of the most unique and delicious natural wines of France!
Included in today's email are the principal bottlings from the Clos des Vignes du Maynes as well as wines made at the Clos with organic grapes from the Mâcon and Beaujolais that are harvested and vinified by Julien. All the red wines were vinified and bottled with zero additives, the whites sometimes receive a small dose of SO2 (10 - 30 mg/l) before bottling.
New This Year! Megamix Volume 2 - Julien's new glou made with a refreshing blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Muscat, with no added SO2, serve cool and enjoy the electro-funk...!
A few cases of the estates finest whites are happily included in this shipment:
2018 "Cuvée Léandre" - Pouilly Fuissé with 48 months of elevage, no added SO2, profound and delicious wine!
2020 "Les Chassagnes" (Magnums) This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896.
2021 "Aragonite" From 40 to 90 year-old vines high on the slope in Cruzille on shallow soils of clay over crystallized limestone, rich in minerals. The 2020 is an elegant Burgundy showing hints of dried pear, lemon verbena, honeysuckle and stone that broaden with time open but remain subtle and fresh. The palate is lean and dense with flavors of wet stone and minerals framing citrus peel and ripe pear. The finish is long and crystalline...
Don't worry, the 2022 "Cuveé 910" will arrive in August....
Please allow until Monday 6/19 for pick-up/shipping. 10% case/mixed case discount applies.
The 2021 "Megamix Volume 2" is a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Muscat, grown in granite and limestone soils and aged one year in neutral barrels. It's light bodied with a vibrant ruby hue and really jumps out of the glass, with the Muscat contributing some interesting herbal and slightly floral aromatics mingling with punchy cherry and pomegranate fruit. It's lively and fresh with racy acidity and just a kiss of tannins, great with a chill and a perfect accompaniment to light snacks. This is a delicious summer red with some nerve - think less "chill lo-fi beats" and more "acid house electro-funk!" JD
The Vignes du Mayne "Les Chassagnes" is from massale-slection Chardonnay. The walled vineyard (clos) was abandoned around 1880 after the phylloxera epidemic, replanted in 2005. The virgin soil is rich with humus from the forest that had grown on it. The very thin layer of soil (15 to 30 cm) is clay-limestone. The colluvial deposits of clay loam covering a layer of very calcareous and siliceous weathered limestone give the wines their minerality. Yield 20 hl/ha / Organic and biodynamic farming. Harvested by hand with no sorting because it is unnecessary / 12 hours of crushing and skin maceration before pressing / Fermentation in 600L demi-muids using natural yeasts, no SO2 / Matured on lees for 11 months without racking / Bottled in September with or without SO2 depending on the batches.
Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Mâcon-Villages (100% Chardonnay) from certified organic parcels in Viré-Clessé, Chardonnay and Montbellet, on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica. The 2021 is a fascinating and very natural Chardonnay, showing bright pale gold color and high-toned aromas of lemon zest, white peach, pear, almond and honeysuckle. The palate is dense and supple with vibrant white fruit, stone and almond flavors, finishing with citrus and minerals. This is a young wine that will benefit from aeration if drinking now, and will cellar for ten years. 30 mg/l SO2.
Carved from vineyards once owned by the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny and farmed organically by Julien Guillot's family since 1954, Clos Vignes du Maynes is one of the most distinctive growers in Burgundy. Aragonite comes from 40- to 90-year-old Chardonnay vines high on the slope, on thin soils of clay, crystallized limestone, and laced with other minerals. This wine is incredibly aromatic upon opening with aromas of golden pear, green apple, apricot, white grapefruit, honeysuckle, and bergamot; there is a hint of earthy heather honey and butterscotch. If tasted blind, I could see this being mistaken for a great Chardonnay from the Jura as it has fantastic acidity, and is beautifully textured, long, and mineral. On day two the aromas have softened a bit, and the palate has gained an added savory note that contributes to a still stunningly long finish. The 2021 Aragonite is not to be missed.
(Please note: Although the wine is in NY, due to a bureaucratic snafu the Leandre will not be available until August, we apologize for the inconvenience) The 48 months of aging (one year in barrels then three years in enamelled vats) reveal notes of candied apricot, almond, brioche and create a powerful and long palate. A cuvée that deserves a few years in the cellar to let it express itself further.
Starting with beautiful biodynamic grapes from Roland Pignard on "les Charmes" in Morgon, Julien worked his magic in the cellar with his zero-sulfur semi-carbonic vinification and the result is this superb Morgon from great terroir. The wine shows the ripeness of this excellent vintage in Beaujolais and the intense flavors of terroir always present in the Pignard wines over the years. Julien's vinification has created a beautifully balanced and pretty wine with fabulous length - drink now or cellar 5 to 10 years.
Julien Guillot's 2020 "les Crays" is 100% Pinot Noir from 40 year-old vines in this very chalky vineyard in the Macon, vinified with zero added sulfur. The color is an earthy red/black, with aromas of black cherry, red currant, earth, citrus peel and ginger, really complex and lovely. The palate is ripe and sapid, but earthy and bright as well, with lovely complexity of red and black fruits, soil and minerals. Pinot Noir with no sulfur, subtle, complex and delicious! Enjoy now, a bit cool, or cellar 5 to 10 years.
The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2020 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, violet and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a beautiful melange of blackberry, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten to twenty years should be possible.
Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation. The 2020s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and intense with blackberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2020 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended!