Guy Breton

"Guy Breton is known by his friends as P’tit Max—though he is anything but petit, by the way. He took over the family domaine from his grandfather in 1986. Until that point, the family was selling their fruit to the large cooperative wineries which dominated the region and were gravitating towards a uniform style. The rise of imported yeast cultures to impart flavor and aroma, the use of high-tech carbonic maceration, and the widespread commercialization of Beaujolais Nouveau debased the region’s reputation, and Beaujolais came to be seen as one-dimensional, lacking any expression of the native terroir. 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 this 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: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. The end result allows Morgon 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.

Breton’s domaine is comprised of just over four hectares (10.6 acres), most of which lies in the appellation of Morgon, above the village of Villié-Morgon. He supplements his own harvest with purchased fruit from surrounding appellations, enabling him to vinify a diverse portfolio of Beaujolais crus. His own vineyards, which exceed a century of age in some parcels, are located in the Morgon climat “Les Charmes”, primarily in the high-altitude lieu-dit “Saint-Joseph,” where slow ripening allows for low alcohol and great freshness in the wines. Max is among the first in the region to start picking each year, cooling down his harvest and pressing before the end of fermentation to craft wines he likes to drink: bright, aromatic, low in tannin, and dangerously easy to quaff down to the last drop." - Kermit Lynch

 

  • Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2020

    Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2020

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    A SPICY, REFINED MORGON FROM ONE OF BEAUJOLAIS' MOST LEGENDARY WINEMAKERS

      "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 region's most famous wines. He took over his grandfather's domaine in 1986 and is nowadays farming 4...

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  • Guy Breton Morgon 2020

    Guy Breton Morgon 2020

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    LIGHT, BRIGHT, FRESH AND ELEGANT - TRULY BEAUTIFUL GAMAY FROM THE LEGENDARY "NATURAL" WINEMAKER

      "This comes from Guy Breton's organically farmed Gamay vines in the Morgon Cru of Beaujolais. Fermentation is always the same for all of Guy's Beaujolais Cru wines, to let the terroir speak, not the winemaking. Carbonic maceration takes place in...

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  • Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019

    Guy Breton Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    WINE FRONT 96 POINTS!

      "Cherry and spiced strawberry, something of a ginger biscuit character, dried roses and a smattering of sweet herb. Fine and precise, a rain on pebbles sort of mineral feel, loose with pleasure, but tight and controlled, in a way. Finish is long,...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Regnie 2020

    [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Regnie 2020

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    FROM A BEAUJOLAIS ICON, THIS PERFUMED, MINERAL GAMAY FROM REGNIE

      "At first, notes of supple, juicy fruit evoke the sandy layer of topsoil into which these Gamay vines—many of them a century old—sink their roots. Then a granite kick, full of gritty spice, clutches the palate with gusto, conjuring...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Fleurie 2019

    [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Fleurie 2019

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    WINE FRONT 96 POINTS!

      "Perfumed and deep, flowers meet curry leaf, wet ferns, dark raspberry and cherry of quiet succulence and fine ‘mineral’ feel, but it’s the sweep of smooth velour tannin that brings home the bacon. It’s a wine that feels...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Chiroubles 2018

    [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Chiroubles 2018

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    "Tucked away up in the hills between Morgon and Fleurie, Chiroubles has often been described as “the most Beaujolais of the ten crus of Beaujolais.” In other words, everything that makes wines from this region so lovable—low alcohol, explosive flowery...

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  • [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Regnie 2018

    [SOLD-OUT] Guy Breton Regnie 2018

    Region: France- Beaujolais

    "Sourced from the hills between the Côte de Brouilly and the Côte du Py of Morgon, around the village of Régnié-DuretteFirst production in was in 2008 after Guy’s grandfather handed down the two parcels that go into this wine: one with 100-year-old and...

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