Domaine des Vignes du Maynes – Julien Guillot – Cruzille
The name of this Domaine results in fact of the mistake of a copist who has written ‘Maynes’ instead of ‘Moynes’ (‘moine’, written ‘moyne’ in the past, means monk in French). Originally it belonged to the monks of Abbaye de Cluny who had registered it in 910. Pierre Guillot, the Parisian grandfather of Julien, settled in Burgundy during the 1940’s and acquired four acres of vineyard on the ‘clos’ in 1954. After a patient study of the cartulary of the Abbaye, he managed to reconstitute the clos in its integrality, 14 acres in one piece, planted with Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir.
The vines don’t jnow what chemistry means. In a TV programme of 1977 dedicated to organic agriculture, Pierre Guillot can be seen defending his choices with conviction. What a fascinating and edifying document retrospectively!
Julien Guillot is not shy, he speaks with pleasure an enthusiasm about the history of his land, of his grandfather’s and father’s decisions, of the complex geology of the subsoils, of his questioning regarding viniculture. The vineyard is operated under organic agriculture since 1954 (in fact from the 9th century…) and biodynamically (‘Demeter’) since 1998.