Jean-Claude Lapalu - Beaujolais Villages Vielles Vignes, Beaujolais (2020)
Earth, cement, wild raspberries and a long, long finish. Wonderful wine from vines between 50 and 70 years old. This underwent partial, whole cluster carbonic fermentation with indigenous yeasts for 10 to 20 days; transferred to neutral barrels for elevage of approximately 10 months. 10 mg/L of sulphur added at bottling.
Currently one of the most respected growers in Beaujolais, Jean-Claude Lapalu started off as a grape grower, only beginning to produce his own wines in 1996. In the early years Lapalu was apparently influenced more by southern producers such as Richaud, Milan and Gramenon before he met and became friends with Lapierre, Foillard, Thevenet and other producers of natural Beaujolais.
Dense and complex wines, but always balanced and elegant, well suited for current drinking as well as five to ten years of cellaring.
Biodynamic, natural, vegan