Michel Guignier - Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2019
From the importer -
Michel Guignier is a fourth generation vigneron in Villié Morgon, in the heart of the AOC Morgon appellation in Beaujolais. Following in the footsteps of the famed “Gang of Four” in Morgon, Guignier is committed to producing wines in the most natural way possible in order to both protect the environment and create wines that are alive and transmit a sense of place. He is in the process of slowly converting his estate to full organic certification, though has been composting and sowing grasses, herbs snd wild flowers between rows for many years.
The Morgon appellation is characterized by soils of decomposed granite and crumbly schist referred to regionally as "roches pourries", or rotten rock. Many of Guignier’s vines are up to 70 years old, with all being tended to by hand and yields are kept to a minimum. He is a respected farmer in the appellation and used to sell fruit to reupatable vignerons in the region, including Marcel Lapierre. Guignier feels that when grapes arrive at the cellar at full physiological ripeness you have everything you need to make a top wine. As such, grapes are picked entirely by hand and rigorous sorting is done both in the vineyard and in the cellar before the grapes go into cement vats for vinification.