On Thursday, 17th of November we’ll be taking part in one of the most jovial events in the wine-making calendar: Beaujolais Nouveau.
For one night only, join us for a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau ‘Marylou’ from producer, Guy Breton.
Until relatively recently, Beaujolais was quite hard to find outside of its namesake region. Usually consumed chilled, it has a cheerful disposition and doesn’t take itself too seriously, and was originally enjoyed by workers after the gruelling harvest season.
It’s meant to be drunk young, no more than about six months after it’s been pressed, fermented and bottled. The love of Beaujolais (and its own little idiosyncratic holiday) started to spread outside of France, when the French declared the third Thursday of every November henceforth to be international Beaujolais Nouveau day.
Serving Beajolais Nouveau ‘Marylou’ 2022, producer Guy Breton can be credited as one of the original ‘Gang of Four’ vignerons, along with Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard and Jean-Paul Thevenet. Launching the French natural winemaking movement in Beaujolais in the 1980s, these producers were the first to adopt the techniques and principles of oenologist Jules Chauvet for producing gamay on granite without sulphur.
Of all the gang of four, Guy Breton (aka Le P’tit Max) is perhaps the least well known in the UK. Based in the village of Villié-Morgon, Breton’s estate comprises just 4ha of vineyards, the majority of which lies in the Morgon cru. Breton is today acknowledged as a Gamay artist with few equals. Breton’s vines are aged up to 80 years, with his oldest vines dedicated to the Vieilles Vignes cuvée. From his BeaujolaisVillages Marylou to his Regnié up to his Morgon Vielles Vignes and all points in between, his wines offer a rare purity, perfume, minerality and drinkability, and are generally considered classics of the genre.