Domaine Julien Guillot, Mâcon-Cruzille Cuvée 910, Clos des Vignes du Maynes, 2011

IMG_3638.JPGUnlike a lot of its friends in the natural wine world, this is really delicate, even austere, while remaining an enigma among Burgundy. It’s not like the red carpet Burgundies, but it’s not bucking broncos either. It’s actually a blend of red & white: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Gamay. Cool! The grapes are harvested, pressed and bottled by hand.

There is an incredible balance in this wine. It must be that Julien Guillot, this wine’s farm master, is so intuitive at understanding how nature works, adjusting each crop to the seasonal discrepancies and knowing that no two harvests are the same, and placing value in that. It can be sensed so clearly. I bet each vintage expresses itself differently. I know that’s supposed to be a bad thing to the general wine critic, but to me its exciting. There was so much happening in that glass of wine, I’m sure I didn’t taste all of it. Maybe the previous year would help me understand this one better? And the year after. And always. Anyway, I can taste it every time I think of it.

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