April 2021 Wine Club Red

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Guy Breton is known by his friends as Petit Max—though he is anything but petit. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Following the example of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Guy and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, soon hoisted the flag of Chauvet’s back-to-nature movement.

Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. The Gang called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification. The end result allows Morgon, one of the ten Beaujolais crus and a red wine based on the Gamay grape, to express itself naturally, without make-up or plastic surgery—rustic, spicy, loaded with schist minerals and at the same time, refreshing and deep-down delicious.

Guy has been known to proclaim, “I don’t like tannins.” He crafts wines aiming to please himself. Marylou, named after his eldest daughter, epitomizes his taste for lithe, perfumed reds with low alcohol. This wine made from 100% Gamay, is juicy, fruit-driven, full of energy, and no tannin to speak of. This eminently drinkable red could be the perfect wine for a springtime evening on the deck or patio when served slightly chilled.

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