Just Arrived - the Brilliant 2012s from the Clos des Vignes du Maynes! Taste with Julien Guillot Wednesday, April 2nd, 5 to 7:30.

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Since the release of the superb Cuvèe 910 last summer, we have been eagerly awaiting the rest of the 2012s from the talented Julien Guillot. The vineyards of this estate belonged to the Abbey of Cluny and date back to at least 900 AD and it is the oldest practicing organic vineyard in France. Acquired by Julien's grandfather in 1954 and tended with organic methods, the vines have never been treated with modern pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. The living soils here produce vibrant wines which are often bottled with zero added sulfites. The top cuvèes, including the Macon-Cruzille "Aragonite,"  "Les Chassagnes," "Manganite" and Bourgogne Rouge "Cuvèe Auguste" are certainly among the most unique and distinctive wines of Burgundy. The yields were tiny in 2012, but the resulting wines have fabulous pure, vibrant fruit and great terroir expression.
 

The Domaine's seven hectares are in Cruzille on high-elevation east-facing slopes of hard crystallized limestone with thin clay soils. The vines average about fifty years of age, with some up to 100 and are replaced by massale selection. Hand-harvesting of course into small containers. The red grapes are piled carefully in a pyramid shape and undergo a nine-day carbonic maceration after which they are pressed, with the alcoholic fermentation lasting about fifteen days with pigeage by foot. Whites are pressed slowly in a wooden pressoir from 1865. Aging is sur lie in old barriques, without additives. The wines have a complexity both of fruit and of minerality which is unique.  The resulting juice rarely needs additives of any kind - "we have fifty years of experience in natural vinifications" says Julien, "and we pay careful attention of course to the right day and atmospheric pressure."  The wines will keep for between 8 and 20 years, according to the vintage, and if served young benefit from many hours of decanting or a few days open, re-corked. The youthful M. Guillot, who had a lively career as actor and acrobat before returning to the family vineyards, is doing inspired work at the Clos. He is energetic, sharply intelligent and justifiably proud of the history of his family's estate and of their current efforts. A current project is to clear and replant more of upper slopes in Cruzille on bare, rocky soils - the best but most difficult sites that were abandonned after phylloxera. We urge you to come taste with Julien and obtain some of these rare and beautiful wines!

Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains grown on a parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 1954, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation. 2012 is a great vintage here, giving wines of firm acidity and great purity of fruit, although in tiny quantities. The 2012 Manganite shows slight reduction, then lovely strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, brown spice, violet and earth. Intense fruit on the palate, but light-bodied with red and black fruits, blood orange and soil, firm acidity and a long very mineral finish. This is a superb and not typical Gamay — a delicious living wine from living soils. Serve cool.

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  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Biodynamic
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Guillot, Julien 2012 Chénas Ultimatum Climat

This is a lovely "natural" Chénas, made from purchased organic grapes, and without SO2, by the talented Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes. Aromas of ripe cherry and red currant with hints of violet, earth and roast meats. Bright, juicy red and black fruits on the medium-bodied palate, with refreshing acidity. Serve with charcuterie, grilled meats and full-flavored cheeses. (Recommended by Eric Asimov in the NYTimes 5/19/14)

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  • red
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  • $19.99

Guillot, Julien 2011 Pouilly-Fuissé Sur la Roche

(From a small parcel in the vineyard "Sur la Roche," certified organic and biodynamic) This is a lovely, pure and crystalline Pouilly-Fuissé with very subtle aromatics of floral lemon/lime, exotic fruit, chalk and wet stone. The palate is very mineral and saline, with citrus and white fruits and great finishing acidity. Racy and delicious now, this should improve nicely with three to five years of aging.

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  • white
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  • $27.99

Vignes du Maynes 2011 Bourgogne Ste. Geneviève Brut Rosé

2011 Vignes du Maynes Brut Rosé is riper than the past two vintages of this wine. It's a bit deeper in color with more overt cherry and strawberry Pinot fruit. The earthy and iron-y notes on the nose remain; it's an extremely mineral wine with cranberry, cherry cordial, hibiscus, rosehip, tea leaves, and fruit seeds. Mostly Pinot with a touch of Gamay, there's a tiny bit of funk upon first opening, but nothing excessive. The fruits are pure and the wine takes on more irony depth the longer it's open. Terrific length. Easy and delicious, generous and satisfying, but by no means insubstantial. (No added sulfur) -Sophie Barrett

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  • rosé
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  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic

Vignes du Maynes 2002 Crémant de Bourgogne Ste. Geneviève Ex Brut

Nine years on the lees! We are surprised and delighted at how Champagne-like this wine is, while retaining rich, generous, earthy Mâcon character. On the nose it shows umami notes: oyster mushroom, and a toasty, very lightly oxidative nuttiness. The palate is quite round and supple and the wine has clearly fleshed out and broadened with time the way that long lees-aged Champagnes do. The bubbles are lively and present. Given the prices of 2002 vintage Champagnes, we'd say this is a superb value! -msb 

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  • white sparkling
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  • $29.99

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Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Blanc

This is a complex bottle of Chardonnay combining ripeness with firm acidity and great mineral expression, definitely not "typical" of the Mâcon. Aromas of citrus, pear, dried herbs, stone and exotic fruit. Honeyed citrus peel, white fruits and saline acidity on the palate with pear, citrus and mineral lingering on the finish. A beautiful wine from the living soils at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, Biodynamic farming, minimal SO2. 

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  • white
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  • $22.99

Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Aragonite 1.5 L

Julien Guillot's Aragonite is a great and rare bottle of white burgundy. From 40 to 80 year-old vines high on the slope, on soils with clay, crystallized limestone, rich in minerals. The aromas are very subtle and expressive of the wines firm acidity. Citrus peel and stony flavors on the palate with saline acids and hints of white fruits. Left alone for a few days the wine softens, with exotic fruit flavors emerging but still subtle and balanced. Fabulous wine. Decant for best current drinking or keep open, re-corked, for a few days.

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  • white
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  • $69.99

  • Biodynamic

Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5 L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot. Yields of 18 hl/ha, giving a racy, stony wine with hints of white fruits, spice and honey, the palate is all mineral with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Only 30 bottles available — highly recommended!

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  • $79.99

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Vignes du Maynes 2012 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste

Made from old vines of mostly Pinot Fin in the beautiful never-treated vineyards of the Clos du Vignes du Maynes, high on the slope in Cruzille. The 2012 Cuvee Auguste is extremely floral with tart cherry, wild strawberry and citrus aromas. Light but intense fruit on the palate — strawberry and blackberry with earth, and spice framed in very firm saline acids and mineral flavors. A unique and lovely Pinot Noir of terroir! Serve cool. 12.5 % alc, no added SO2. 48 btls available.

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  • red
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  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic