Maison Guillot-Broux, Mâcon Rouge (Burgundy, France) 2019

($23, Vintus):  Domaine Guillot-Broux makes exceptional red wines from what most people consider an unexceptional place for them, the Mâconnais.  Sure, the Mâconnais is home to a slew of terrific, and well-priced, whites.  But reds?  It’s not the first, or even the fourth, place people think of for reds.  That is, if they haven’t tasted those from Domaine Guillot-Broux, which was founded by Jean-Gérard Guillot and his wife in 1978.  The estate is now run by their children, Emmanuel and Patrice.  They have always farmed organically and have been certified as such for more than three decades, since 1991.  The 2019 minerally Mâcon Rouge, made entirely from Gamay, is a revelation.  The soil here is limestone, not granite like it is in Beaujolais, and the resulting wine is entirely different from Beaujolais.  Bright and stone-y, not grapey, this light to mid-weight red displays a pleasant firmness that accents its minerality.  Ready to drink now, it is an ideal choice for a take-out roast chicken.
90 Michael Apstein Oct 24, 2023