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.
Farmed by the talented and energetic Julien Guillot, the vineyards of this superb 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 immediately 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.
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