Eau Forte Rouge VdF, Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu 2020

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.

Aromas of red fruits such as cherries and strawberries with a touch of florality and a hint of cassis. The palate is velvety and layered, medium to full-bodied, supple and flavourful wine with a glou glou factor.

Producer  Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu

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

Grapes Gamay

Vintage 2020

Alcohol  13% 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