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Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille Les Genievrières 2015

Chardonnay from Cruzille, Mâcon, Burgundy, France

$66

$63ea in any 3+
$60ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork

Description

Genièvrières translates to the place of junipers!

The nature of the soil in Cruzille particularly brings out mineral flavours, and produces wines that need a relatively long time to mature.

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Abandoned after the phylloxera crisis, this vineyard started being cleared and replanted in 1983 by our father, Jean-Gérard. Aiming for quality, he decided to use low-yield rootstock, high planting density, Guyot Simple pruning, and, of course, organic methods. This brings about a natural control of yield and optimum maturity. The Bathonian clayey limestone soil gives the wine its minerality.

From the Domaine:

During the harvest, the grapes are handpicked and then sorted in the vines before going to the winery. This allows us to pick only the healthiest grapes, with the right maturity. By controlling the yields, producing between 30 and 55 hectolitres a hectare, we are looking for quality rather than quantity.

The high planting density increases competition among the vines and means that the juice in each grape is more concentrated. The key is to have few grapes per vine naturally, to increase the concentration of flavours and the balance of the wine. The pruning methods we use (Guyot Simple for the whites; Cordon de Royat for the reds) also help reach this goal.
Each terroir is vinified separately, using the methods best adapted to the grape variety, the soil, the vintage and the age of the vines. The best single vineyards are then bottled separately, and only when the vines are at least 10 years old. If the vintage is not exceptional, we blend the single vineyards into the entry-level wines.

We do not add yeasts to our wines, and the use of sulphites and chaptalisation are kept to an absolute minimum.

The white wines, made from Chardonnay grapes, are pressed immediately, in order to avoid any changes in the nature of the wine. The juice goes down to oak barrels in the cellar where both the first (alcoholic) and second (malolactic) fermentations take place. Each barrel contains 228 litres (300 bottles). After the second fermentation, the wines are racked and either put back into barrels, in the case of the single vineyard wines, or into vats for the Mâcon Villages.

The red wines, made either from Pinot Noir or Gamay grapes, may or may not be de-stemmed, depending on the vintage, before being put into vats for the alcoholic fermentation. The fermenting grapes are punched down twice a day until fermentation is finished, which usually takes around three weeks. Then the wine goes down to oak barrels in the cellar where the malolactic fermentation takes place.

Most of the wines are matured for eleven months in barrels. In some vintages, the top cuvees spend a second winter in barrels before being bottled, with no fining or filtering.

About Domaine Guillot-Broux

Established by Jean-Gérard Guillot in 1978, after he returned from working in the Cote d’Or, most recently at Domaine Michelot, then one of Meursault’s most important producers. Jean Gérard recognised the potential offered by the sloping hills around his native Cruzille, which although once famous in France, had largely remained fallow since the devastation of phylloxera.

He started with just under a hectare from his father and slowly began to reclaim the old vineyards, planting them to densities of up to 10,000 vines per hectare, with old clones of Chardonnay found locally, and working them organically from the start. Cultivation, green manures, natural pest controls and treatments that do not leave residues in the soil or wine all contribute to the microbial health of the soil promoting better balance in the vine and the resulting wines. The domaine was certified as organic in 1991, when the French government first created the Agriculture Biologique standards.

Where in the world are they?

The Mâconnaise – Is capable of producing some very good wines. It has become a shining light for value with the ever increasing prices of Burgundy. We’ve seen producers like Comte Lafon from Meursault recognise the potential of the region, establishing the joint venture Domaine Héritiers du Comte Lafon.

It is home to the Village of Chardonnay, the geographic home of the grape!

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91+ Points

Bright light yellow. Complex nose melds white peach, pear, lemon drop, menthol and crushed stone. A captivating tactile, citrussy midweight with a strong crushed-stone quality and notes of lemon and underripe pineapple. Not a fleshy wine but quite chalky and penetrating. Finishes very dry, salty and youthfully austere, with an impression of firm acidity and resounding minerality. Serious juice! By next summer, my score may prove to be overly conservative. Like the Perrières, this vineyard features active calcaire.

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Domaine Guillot-Broux, Le Pasquier, Cruzille, France

Cruzille
Mâcon
Burgundy
France