Jean-Claude Lapalu is a vigneron who works in harmony with nature, situated on the slopes of Brouilly since 1996. His 9-hectare estate is certified organic, even if he does not mark this on his labels.
Brouilly Vieilles Vignes
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Vineyard
His Gamay vines are situated at Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne in the Brouilly region of Beaujolais and grow on granite soil. There are 12 hectares of old vines (60-80 years) in total - 7 in Beaujolais, 4 in Brouilly and 1 in the Cote-de-Brouilly, all grown strictly according to organic priciples; indeed Jean-Claude is hoping to convert to biodynamic within 3 years. This particular Gamay is from vines Claude's grandfather reports were old when he began farming in 1940.
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.