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Domaine Guillot-Broux

  • Organic uncertified since 1954

  • Biodynamic uncertified since 1991

Domaine Guillot-Broux is a 17 hectares vineyard in the Maconnais made up of Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot noir. It is the first Certified Organic vineyard in Burgundy (1950's) and spreads over 3 areas: Cruzille, Grévilly and Chardonnay. Emmanuel and his 2 brothers make some of the more refined Burgundy we ever tasted. Minerality and concentration sum up the wines, the latter mainly due to the high density planting (10 000 vines /ha rather than the usual 6/7000 in this part of France) which increases fruit concentration. Yeasts are indigenous, S02 is added at bottling in homeopathic doses and all plants are from ancient "massales" selections.

There is a great quote on the Guillot-Broux website, attributable to the transcendentalist Ralf Waldo Emerson, that reads “"We did not inherit the Earth from our forefathers, we are borrowing it from our descendants." It’s a quote worthy of repeating here because it encapsulates the thinking and steers the approach of the vineyard management of so many of our producers.

As with other producers of consistently outstanding wines it is the estate’s attention to detail that is so important.

They are organic producers and so we know the vineyards are judiciously tended without recourse to chemicals of any kind. Additionally, dense plantings keep yields low and quality high.

Once in the winery the grapes are vinified separately and according to their variety and the terroir from which they came. Cruzille, for instance, is identified for its very mineral-driven wines and their ageing potential.

The wines of Guillot-Broux are that extraordinary combination of consistent yet dazzling.