Guy Breton, perhaps the most elusive of Kermit Lynch’s ‘Gang of Four’ natural Beaujolais producers, offers elegant, purity-driven expressions of Gamay, in subtle contrast to the intense “gulp-ability” of the wines of his comrades. He boasts incredibly old-vines planted at high-elevations, and makes his wines with a commitment to minimal intervention in the cellar. He may not have the name-recognition of Lapierre or Foillard, but the quality to be found in his cellar is unsurpassed.
Of all of our favorite producers, it was perhaps Breton who most expertly handled the difficult 2015 vintage. Producing wines with a serious mineral backbone that show beautifully with some air, you’ll find classic Gamay aromatics of violet, bright red and black fruits, and a bit of spice. A great value in Beaujolais that will blossom in the cellar given time.