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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Beaujolais Villages “Marylou”
Gamay 45 years Granite, rocks 0.5 ha
Morgon "Vieilles Vignes"
Gamay 80 years Granite, Sand 2.5 acres
Régnié
Gamay 50% 100 years, 50% 35 years Granite, Sand 1 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vineyards are farmed organically

• Vinification begins with carbonic maceration at low temperatures

• Only indigenous yeasts are used

• Fermentation lasts for a minimum of 15 days

• Grapes are crushed in an old wooden press.

• Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel and rests for 6-8 months

• Wines are aged on fine lees in Burgundian barrels (of at least the third passage)

• Wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered

• Breton’s wines open up beautifully with time, although that might not be evident when tasting them young. 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 Gang of Four Morgons.


Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”:

• Guy’s principal wine, the Morgon “Vieilles Vignes” is sourced from the Saint Joseph and Grand Cras subzones of the appellation, which give fine, stony wines. A high-lying sandy parcel contributes more complexity, structure, and acidity to the blend.


Régnié:

• First produced in 2008, the Régnié is sourced from the hills between the Côte de Brouilly and the Côte du Py of Morgon, around the village of Régnié-Durette.

• Guy’s grandfather handed down the two parcels that go into this wine: one with 100-year-old and the other with 35-year-old vines. The shallow soil of sand and decomposing stones gives the vines easy access to the bedrock, creating firm wines with more grip and acidity than in Morgon.


Beaujolais Villages “Marylou”:
• Guy’s Beaujolais Villages “Marylou” is sourced from the Saint Joseph and Grand Cras subzones of the appellation, about 500 meters from his Morgon vines.
• The wine is named after Marylou, Guy Breton’s daughter.

MISCELLANEA

Morgon “Vieilles Vignes”:

Good unfiltered color. And the aroma? How about some pepper and spice? Aromas of pepper and spice are unusual in the Beaujolais, but Breton says the locals always spot his wines in blind tasting because his terroir typically gives such a perfume. The palate starts out lean and fine, and then you start to feel it penetrate and the flavors sink in.
– Kermit Lynch

General Information

Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Appellation(s)
Morgon, Régnié
Producer
Guy Breton
Founded
1935
Annual Production
3,000 cases
Farming
Organic

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