Guy Breton Morgon 2019Regular price $47.00 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Direct Press Selection | November 2021
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Guy Breton is one of the members of Beaujolais' much-heralded 'Gang of Four' which includes Jean Foillard, Jean-Paul Thevenet, and the late Marcel Lapierre. They were all following the teachings of Jules Chauvet, who taught about making with without the use of sulfur and eschewing synthetic pesticides and other treatments. The work of the Gang of Four, which started in the early 1980s, signaled a change that is easily traced to the natural wine movement today. The wines of Guy Breton et al. were an inspiration to countless winemakers, who were moved to use similar methods of going back to very old methods of winemaking.
The vines for Breton's Morgon are around 80 years-old, planted on granite. There is a nice balance of spice and rustic crunch with ethereal finesse. Even in hot vintages like 2018, where many made giant, rich wines that tasted more like Syrah than Gamay, Breton made some of my favorite Beaujolais. His years of experience help, but so does his lighter touch. This 2019 has enough ripe fruit, but the heady violet and raspberry notes are matched with blood orange, apple skin, cumin, and just a little texture to bring it all together. After many years and many who have copied his methods and approaches to good effect, Breton is still showing us why he was such an instrumental figure in the trajectory of wine in the past 30 years, and why these traditional methods have made such a comeback. [Jonathan Kemp, November 2021]