Michel Guignier

"Michel Guignier is a fourth generation vigneron in Villié Morgon, in the heart of the AOC Morgon appellation in Beaujolais. Following in the footsteps of the famed "Gang of Four" in Morgon, Guignier is committed to producing wines in the most natural way possible in order to both protect the environment and create wines that are alive and transmit a sense of place. He is in the process of slowly converting his estate to full organic certification, though has been planting grass and herbs between the rows as well as ploughing and composting for many years.

The Morgon appellation is characterized by soils of decomposed granite and crumbly schist referred to regionally as "rotten rock". Many of Guignier's vines are up to 70 years old, all are tended by hand with yields kept to a minimum. Guignier feels that when grapes arrive at the cellar at full physiological ripeness then you have everything you have to make a top wine. As such, grapes are picked entirely by hand and rigorous sorting is done both in the vineyard and in the cellar before the grapes go into cement vats for vinification.

Guignier follows a traditional vinification "à la Beaujolaise" with no de-stemming and with only indigenous yeasts used for the fermentation. The wines are macerated for 6-7 days for the Beaujolais and up to 14-15 days for his top Morgons. Guignier uses a vertical wooden press that slowly and gently presses the grapes. After pressing, most of his wines are returned to cement to finish their alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. His top cuvée, the Morgon "Bio-Vitis", however, is raised in neutral burgundy barrels. The élévage is between 5 and 15 months depending on the terroir and the quality of the vintage. Vintages with more tender, forward fruit are bottled a bit earlier, while the more structured years receive a longer time in vat or wood before bottling. Guinier uses minimal doses of S02, though he prefers to add it after the malolactic rather that at bottling as he feels it integrates better into the wine. He also makes several cuvées for the French market that are made entirely without sulphur at all.

Guignier's wines display that transparent, ethereal, soil-driven quality that makes naturally-made, top Beaujolais so unique and joyful to drink. Among them are a fresh and charming Beaujolais AOC made from 50 year old vines, a rich and well structured Morgon Vieilles Vignes from 60-70 year old vines, and the complex and seductive Morgon Bio-Vitis made exclusively from fruit from La Roche Pilée, a south facing vineyard of pure, decomposed rock located at the base of the Cote de Py.

Michel Guignier is clearly a rising star who will soon join the ranks of the many luminaries in the village of Morgon."

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Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2017
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "Bright flowers and small red berries on the nose that lead to a very plush and juicy yet elegant palate. So fresh. From organically grown grapes."  "Michel Guignier is clearly a rising star who will soon join the ranks of the top luminaries in the village of Morgon, as his
Item Number: 30312

Michel Guignier Morgon 'La Roche Pilee' 2017
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2017 Morgon La Roche Pillée is superb, wafting from the glass with notes of spicy cherry fruit, grilled gamebird, rose petal and wood smoke. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with excellent depth at the core, satiny structuring tannins and
Item Number: 29931
Case: $227.40

Michel Guignier Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2016
95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95"The intensity and nature of this wine is so impressive with aromas of blue slate, wet vine bark, fresh mushrooms and cherries. Full-bodied, dense and layered with ultra-fine tannins and a glorious finish. A triumph for 2016. Old vines and a self-proclaimed natural wine."

Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2016
90  John Gilman 
John Gilman 90+ "The 2016 Beaujolais from Michel Guignier is a beautifully vibrant and classic example of its appellation, jumping from the glass in a superb blend of cherries, sweet cranberries, fresh herb tones, a fine base of soil and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright,

Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2015
90  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2015 Beaujolais, which undergoes a semi-carbonic maceration, has a lively red cherry and iodine-scented bouquet that is paradigmatic of this vintage. The palate is well balanced with succulent fleshy and smooth red cherry and strawberry fruit. This shows more class than the

Michel Guignier Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2011
John Gillman 93 "The old vine bottling of Morgon from Michel Guignier hails from sixty-one year-old vines in the vineyards of La Roche Pile?e and Les Grands Cras. The 2011 Vieilles Vignes offers up a deep, red fruity and very pure nose of cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, beautiful herb

Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2011
John Gillman 90+ "The 2011 Beaujolais from Michel Guignier is a very lovely example of the vintage. The deep and vibrant nose jumps from the glass in a classy blend of black cherries, sweet cranberries, woodsmoke, violets and a very stylish base of soil. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and