Maxime Magnon is part of the ‘New Wave’ wine makers in France. He purchased some prime parcels of old vines from abandoned plots and rents his cellar—a garagiste if ever there was one. He farms nine parcels over eleven hectares, with steep vineyards that reach high altitudes, and manages it all on his own. Maxime cultivates his vines with the utmost respect for nature and the soil. He’s certified organic, but also incorporates biodynamic practices into his vineyard management. Like his good friend and mentor, Didier Barral (in Faugères), and Jean Foillard (under whom he studied in Morgon), he is a naturalist at heart, and seeks to create a harmonious ecosystem in his vineyards. His wines offer great expression of fruit with immediate approachability.
La Bégou Blanc is produced from 90% Grenache Gris and 10% Grenache Blanc. It is piercingly fresh and floral with faint hints of pear and stone, the fact that the grapes were grown at altitude gives this wine a tight, fine and mineral finish.