Beaujolais Villages vieilles vignes, Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 2022

Jean Claude Lapalu


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Jean-Claude Lapalu is a third generation winemaker but only began his own domaine in 1996. Previously, his family had been grape growers selling to the cooperative. He didn’t have a clear idea of the wines he wanted to make at that stage, only an idea of the wines he didn’t want to make. It took him 5 or 6 years to get rid of the additives and interventions he’d learned about at the wine school he attended in Charentay. Altogether, he has 12 hectares of vines in total, most of which are old (60–80 years), and which are farmed organically.

Lovely texture to the ripe fruits here. Elegant and generous with some mineral notes. Real depth and elegance to the cherry fruit, which is backed by good structure.

Producer  Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu

Origin Saint-Etienne-La-Varenne, Brouilly, Beaujolais, France

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2022

Alcohol  12.5% ABV

Style Medium light body natural red

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvested, 80% whole bunch, 20% carbonic maceration  destemmed with traditional vinification.  10-20 days cuvaison,  5 months in old oak barriques. No filtration, no fining, a tiny amount of sulphur added at bottling only.

Notes Organic, Natural, Biodynamic