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.
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Name of Producer: Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu
Name of Grapes: Gamay
Winemaker: Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerosa
Origin: Saint-Etienne-La-Varenne, Brouilly, Beaujolais, France
SUSTAINABLE/ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC: Organic and Biodynamic