Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille “Le Clos de la Mollepierre” 2019 (93+ WA) (93+ )
“Another cuvée where Guillot extended élevage by six months, the 2019 Mâcon-Cruzille Clos de la Mollepierre offers up scents of buttered citrus, pear, macadamia nut, beeswax, smoke and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and textural, it’s deep and concentrated, with chalky extract and a long, saline finish.” – W.K.
This is the Domaine’s newest terroir, and they believe it will be one of the best. When they bought this plot for less than 800€, it had been abandoned since the phylloxera crisis. The clos, surrounded by a dry stone wall nearly two meters high, was originally owned by the Abbey of Cluny. It took nearly ten years to get the land ready for planting: The soil had to be prepared and the vineyard adapted to tractor use, all while ensuring they kept the walls! The replant started in 2011 and in 2015 the vineyard produced the first vintage. It is already as mineral and complex as Les Perrières, and will no doubt be an exceptional wine in years to come.
Located in Cruzille, Emmanuel’s family comes from five generations of Burgundian grape growers and barrel makers. Emmanuel’s grandfather was a pioneer in organic viticulture and created the first organic vineyard in Burgundy in 1954 (certified since 1991). The story of the small town of Cruzille becoming the birthplace of organic agriculture in Burgundy is truly unbelievable. Today, the Domaine is run by brothers Emmanuel and Patrice, who maintain their family's historic winemaking and vineyard practices that are rooted in deep respect for both wine and the land.