Guy Breton

P'tit Max Morgon Gamay

9.150 ratings
9.113 pro ratings
Morgon, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Gamay
Chicken, Game, Turkey, Duck, Goose
Top Notes For
Severn Goodwin

Nose has deep, ripe black cherry, mashed red cherry, old roses, baking spice (light) and dry earth. The cherry nose is quite overpowering, very intense.

Palate has sweet black cherry, under-ripe red cherry with mild tannins, sweet spice on the trailing end of a very long finish. Fruit is rich and silky, but still somewhat tight after a 6+ hour decant. This bottle still needs years, revisit post 2022+.

I am always delighted when drinking bottles from any of the Gang of Four, but their top-tier bottles are always the most special and unique. I think at a 10-year birthday, this bottle will easily rival some of the best Pinot Noirs to the north in Burgundy. The best in Beaujolais generally need many years to come together, Morgon is no exception, needing the most cellaring for satisfaction, in my experience. Take note this wine comes from a plot of 90+ average year old Gamay, in only a 2 ha plot (just under 5 acres in USA speak), not many bottles will come from that effort. (It wasn't even made in 2016 due to low yield after the frost.) Seek, have patience and be rewarded.

Nose has deep, ripe black cherry, mashed red cherry, old roses, baking spice (light) and dry earth. The cherry nose is quite overpowering, very intense.

Palate has sweet black cherry, under-ripe red cherry with mild tannins, sweet spice on the trailing end of a very long finish. Fruit is rich and silky, but still somewhat tight after a 6+ hour decant. This bottle still needs years, revisit post 2022+.

I am always delighted when drinking bottles from any of the Gang of Four, but their top-tier bottles are always the most special and unique. I think at a 10-year birthday, this bottle will easily rival some of the best Pinot Noirs to the north in Burgundy. The best in Beaujolais generally need many years to come together, Morgon is no exception, needing the most cellaring for satisfaction, in my experience. Take note this wine comes from a plot of 90+ average year old Gamay, in only a 2 ha plot (just under 5 acres in USA speak), not many bottles will come from that effort. (It wasn't even made in 2016 due to low yield after the frost.) Seek, have patience and be rewarded.

Sep 29th, 2019
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.4

Smells like Vosne Romanee. Violet, peach, citrus, stunning purity, mint, feral forest aromas as well. Elegant but concentrated and intense. Sunshine and sweetness of 15 are there but it is balanced so perfectly that it floats despite being a pretty big boy. Good velvety tannins. Serious structure. Will age 10-15 years.

Smells like Vosne Romanee. Violet, peach, citrus, stunning purity, mint, feral forest aromas as well. Elegant but concentrated and intense. Sunshine and sweetness of 15 are there but it is balanced so perfectly that it floats despite being a pretty big boy. Good velvety tannins. Serious structure. Will age 10-15 years.

Jun 16th, 2018
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.3

Nose is a bit barnyardy / bretty to open up with. But I’m sure that will blow off as other bottles of the 14 have been exquisite. Some fruit, mineral and spice lurking underneath. Palate is exquisite. So juicy and complex with wonderful balance and freshness. This is insanely fresh and deep with a silken like structure. Sappy and so mineral. Wonderful fruit. Score goes up as soon as nose gets into its groove.

Nose is a bit barnyardy / bretty to open up with. But I’m sure that will blow off as other bottles of the 14 have been exquisite. Some fruit, mineral and spice lurking underneath. Palate is exquisite. So juicy and complex with wonderful balance and freshness. This is insanely fresh and deep with a silken like structure. Sappy and so mineral. Wonderful fruit. Score goes up as soon as nose gets into its groove.

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2019
Cody White

Really wish I had bought more 2014s. It's a vintage for me that really showcases everything I love in great Beaujolais. Universal satisfaction across the board while I have found universal displeasure with the 2015 vintage. Great granitic structure. Really love Breton's unique style. Bought from @Lyle Fass

Really wish I had bought more 2014s. It's a vintage for me that really showcases everything I love in great Beaujolais. Universal satisfaction across the board while I have found universal displeasure with the 2015 vintage. Great granitic structure. Really love Breton's unique style. Bought from @Lyle Fass

1 person found it helpfulSep 9th, 2018
Tom Casagrande

I LOVE this. Such a great nose. Sweet funk, ripe fruit, granite, spices. Intense, ripe, granitic, and soft in the mouth. Terrific acidity. This tastes almost 19th Century. In the very best way.

I LOVE this. Such a great nose. Sweet funk, ripe fruit, granite, spices. Intense, ripe, granitic, and soft in the mouth. Terrific acidity. This tastes almost 19th Century. In the very best way.

1 person found it helpfulJan 23rd, 2018
Severn Goodwin

Ok, so now we're experiencing a second, top-tier bottle, from a "Gang of Four" producer...yet to have the Lapierre or Thévenet bottles.

Gamay how I love you so much. Beautiful dried flower and cherry nose, lightly sweet and the finish has wicked length. This was amazing, shared with good friends and a good meal of patiently roasted beef tenderloin. I can't wait to see how this develops in a few years, it needs some time to gain concentration. It will go into hiding in the cellar with the 3.14 bottles and hope they learn something from each other.

Thanks
@Lyle Fass

Ok, so now we're experiencing a second, top-tier bottle, from a "Gang of Four" producer...yet to have the Lapierre or Thévenet bottles.

Gamay how I love you so much. Beautiful dried flower and cherry nose, lightly sweet and the finish has wicked length. This was amazing, shared with good friends and a good meal of patiently roasted beef tenderloin. I can't wait to see how this develops in a few years, it needs some time to gain concentration. It will go into hiding in the cellar with the 3.14 bottles and hope they learn something from each other.

Thanks
@Lyle Fass

1 person found it helpfulDec 2nd, 2017
Matthew Cohen

Deep subtle licorice. Nice juiciness. Good fresh Finish. Not typical bojo. Straightforward but different.

Deep subtle licorice. Nice juiciness. Good fresh Finish. Not typical bojo. Straightforward but different.

1 person found it helpfulSep 14th, 2016
Lyle Fass

Founder Fass Selections

9.5

Lyle had this 4 years ago

Lyle had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJun 29th, 2016
René Renissen

2011

Jun 18th, 2014
Yannik Poirier

2008

Sep 28th, 2013