The Beaujolais appellation spreads over 30 km between Saône Valley and Haute-Azergues and Haut-Beaujolais hills from North to South. This wine is primarily made with fruit from the Morgon sector.
South facing with a slight slope.
Decomposed granite and crumbly schist referred to regionally as "rotten rock".
The vines are 40 years old; they are pruned quite extensively to limit the yield; all the bunches are picked by hand and then very carefully sorted to retain only the fully ripe, whole bunches.
Semi carbonic maceration for up to 7 days. Traditional Vinification temperature: 22° C at the beginning of fermentation and 32° C at the end. On pressing, cooling to 22° C to retain as much aroma and flavor as possible.
In vats on the lees. All terroirs vinified and aged separately.
Light, bright purple. Displays sharply delineated red fruit and floral scents, along with hints of white pepper and mucky rhubarb. Tangy and focused on the palate, offering light-bodied raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deliver solid punch but betray no excess weight. In a delicate style, with strong finishing cut and very soft tannins making a cameo appearance.
The 2016 Beaujolais from Michel Guignier is a beautifully vibrant and classic example of its appellation, jumping from the glass in a superb blend of cherries, sweet cranberries, fresh herb tones, a fine base of soil and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, crunchy and fullish, with a good core, lovely transparency, tangy acids and impressive length and grip on the complex finish. This is lovely juice that will be even better with a year or two in the cellar. 2017-2027.
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