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Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes makes this Mâcon Rouge from 20 different old Gamays, including Gamay "teinturiers" with thick skins and dark juice, with no added SO2. The 2017 shows a deep red color with aromas of blackberry, tart cherry, srawberry, black pepper, roast meat, fennel, citrus peel, violet... The palate is lean and elegant with citrusy black fruits, earth and mineral flavors, chalky and long. "This wine is indestructible" says Julien, and it's obviously built to last. Serve with a farm chicken in sauce, and decant or open in advance, but best to cellar for five or ten years. David Lillie
The 2018 "Chant de la Tour" comes from a single parcel that has never been treated with chemicals of any kind, which comes as little surprise based on what's in the bottle. This is my platonic ideal of Bourgogne Rouge. The pure red cherry and strawberry fruit is vivid and lush without being cloying. The expression of limestone is clear and speaks beautifully of the region, with a dustiness in the finish that reminds me of clapping blackboard erasers. Completely delicious.
Mâcon Rouge is rarely seen in the wild these days, which is unfortunate, as it can be a deeply satisfying wine. Case in point: Tripoz's "Perrieres." There is a generosity to Gamay grown on limestone, which is on full display here. The wine is full of cranberry and strawberry fruit, a bit of cedar and a distinct peppery note that often appears in Bourgogne Passetoutgrains. The finish is distinctly salty, with good length. This is very nice and a great counterpoint if one is accustomed to Beaujolais.The 2016 is a wine I have very fond memories of. Sam Ehrlich **pre-arrival - wines will be in stock the week of 9/21**
Mâcon Rouge is rarely seen in the wild these days, which is unfortunate, as it can be a deeply satisfying wine. Case in point: Tripoz's "Perrieres." There is a generosity to Gamay grown on limestone, which is on full display here. The wine is full of cranberry and strawberry fruit, a bit of cedar and a distinct peppery note that often appears in Bourgogne Passetoutgrains. The finish is distinctly salty, with good length. This is very nice and a great counterpoint if one is accustomed to Beaujolais.The 2016 is a wine I have very fond memories of. Sam Ehrlich
**pre-arrival - wines will be in stock the week of 9/21**
This "medieval" wine is a field blend of Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir, including the old varieties Gamay Petit Grain and Pinot Fin. The grapes were pressed by foot, vinified and aged without sulfur and bottled by hand in the spring. Although this is always a light, delicate wine, the 2019 weighs in at a whopping 12% alcohol! The color is a lovely and bright red; the aromas are ripe and floral with violet, ripe black-cherry and a melange of lush berries. The palate is light and delicate but loaded with ripe, pure strawberry/cherry fruit backed by citrusy acids. This is a gorgeous wine that should gain complexity with time, perhaps three to five years (or more?) but it's much too delicious right now to consider cellaring.(News from Julien - "Cuvée 910 in 2019 has the following blend: 50% gamay de Manganite,15% Pinot fin Auguste, 15% pinot noir, 20% Chardonnay Aragonite. To drink without moderation !") Zero added SO2.
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 about 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2018 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry, red currant and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, rose and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a bright and beautiful melange of red currant, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant long 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 very interesting. Zero added SO2. Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL
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 2018s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful 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 silky with raspberry/strawberry fruit, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2018 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL