Vineyard: 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.
Orientation: South facing with a slight slope.
Soil: Decomposed granite and crumbly schist referred to regionally as "rotten rock".
Viticulture: 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.
Vinification: 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.
Aging: In vats on the lees. All terroirs vinified and aged separately.
Production: 550 cases
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
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.