Brouilly Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 2021

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.

This wine has a perfumed, floral bouquet with wilted violet and blackcurrant scents, very
harmonious and cohesive. The palate is well balanced with succulent tannin and a fine backbone with impressive focus towards the finish. There is just a prickle of white pepper right on the finish.

Producer  Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu

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

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2021

Alcohol  13% ABV

Style Medium light body natural red

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvested, whole bunch carbonic maceration.  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