Burgundy is the kingdom of pinot noir and chardonnay, responsible for almost all wines in the region. Almost all, since a few other varieties are allowed and sometimes dominate certain appellations like Saint-Bris (sauvignon blanc) and Mâcon-Cruzille (gamay, for the reds). Made by Domaine Guillot-Broux, a family-run, careful organic producer, imported by natural wine militants Jenny and François, this particular Mâcon-Cruzille from the warm and sunny 2009 vintage was made with whole-bunch fermentation that certainly explains in good part its lovely texture, bright fruit and fine tannins, with some nicely wild notes and a pretty touch of white pepper. It keeps nicely for a few days after opening, but it drinks so easily that this may not matter at all. Great value at a great price. Highly Recommended. RC

Who : Domaine Guillot-Broux
What : 100% Gamay
When : 2009
Where : Mâcon-Cruzille, Burgundy
How much : 17$

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.

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    This gamay was one of my favorite finds this year.
    Pure serendipity: Emmanuel Guillot-Broux and his wife Tess were in Vermont early in the summer, and had dinner at Pane e Salute in Woodstock, with Caleb and Dierdre. Next day, I got to meet them when they visited the Hunger Mountain vineyard at la garagista, and they tried some our home spun local wines. Wonderful folks…honest, genuine, down to earth.
    A few days later, at a trade tasting for our smallest distributor, Artisanal Cellars, which was held at Pane e Salute in the proprietor’s absence, appears this wine. Caleb and Dierdre had no idea the wine would be there, Rafael Flores of Artisnal, had no idea that the producers had already been there.
    Maybe my reaction to the wine, was already colored by having met its creators, but I have to believe that it stood on its own merit. Wonderful wine…honest, genuine, down to earth.