Domaine Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Cruzille “Les Molières” 2019 (93 WA)
“Bottled after 11 months’ maturation, the 2019 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Molières derives from old-vine muscaté selections of Chardonnay planted on a rocky, south-facing slope. Bursting with aromas of pear, beeswax and blanched almonds, framed by light reduction, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and fleshy, with a charming, demonstrative profile that belies its long track record of aging with grace.” – W.K.
Les Molières is situated in the village of Grevilly (one of the three villages that make up the appellation of Cruzille) and is oriented south-west. The soil is mainly red marl, on a bedrock of thick limestone. What makes Les Molières special is that it was planted (in 1936) with a variety of Chardonnay known as Chardonnay Muscaté, an old cross between Chardonnay and small-berried Muscat de Rivesaltes. The wine is always very aromatic thanks to the influence of the Muscat grape, but also saline and mineral because of the strong limestone terroir. It is the oldest vineyard of the Domaine.
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.