Mâcon-Cruzille “Les Genievrières” Domaine Guillot-Broux was made organically. The Chardonnay grapes were whole cluster pressed, without clarification, into barrels. The Mâcon-Cruzille “Les Genievrières” Domaine Guillot-Broux fermentation took place with native yeasts on the lees. Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrel, during which the lees were stirred regularly, known as ‘bâtonnage’. This added complexity and texture to the wine. The use of oak was judiciously monitored, with the wine spending 11 months in old oak.
The grapes for this cuvée come from an eight hectare parcel in the ‘lieu dit’ or named vineyard of ‘Les Geniévrières’, in Mâcon-Cruzille. The vines were replanted in 1983 on a site that had lain fallow since phylloxera swept through the region more than 100 years before. Prior to planting, it had not been treated with chemicals and is now certified organic. The vines are grown on steep slopes, in clay limestone soils.
Domaine Guillot-Broux was the first Burgundy domain to be organically farmed, during the early 1950s, when Pierre and Jeannine Guillot began working vineyards which had been abandoned during the phylloxera outbreak years earlier. Their son, Jean-Gerard took over in 1978 and together with his wife Jacqueline Broux, they established the modern day Domaine Guilllot Broux. It was certified organic in 1991. Jean-Gerard was formerly a winemaker in Meursault, a factor which has influenced the controlled oak ageing which takes place at the Domaine today. The 17 hectare estate is now run by the third generation, brothers Emmanuel and Patrice. Emmanuel is the head winemaker, a position he returned to in 2000 after a distinguished career as a Sommelier in London and at the Michelin starred L’Ortolan, Reading. The Guillot brothers focus on showcasing the diversity of the Mâcon terroir.