J. CLAUDE LAPALU BROUILLY CROIX RAMEAUX 2013, FRANCE, BEAUJOLAIS
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Jean-Claude Lapalu assumed control of just under 30 acres of Gamay from his father in 1996, and made his first commercial wines in 2000. His eight parcels of east and southeast facing vines are scattered from Mont Brouilly south through the rolling hills of Odenas and his hometown of Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne.
Jean-Claude’s most significant early influence came from the writings of Jules Chauvet, France’s Father of Natural Winemaking. Like his bon copain Matthieu Barret in Cornas (Domaine du Coulet), Jean-Claude is committed to a strict biodynamic regimen. The domaine received its organic certification from Ecocert with the 2010 vintage and Jean-Claude is in the process of gaining the Biodyvin seal of approval.
Jean-Claude produces small lots of six distinct Gamays, each expressing different aspects of the Haut-Beaujolais’ diverse geology. Domaine Lapalu made its debut in La Revue du Vin’s annual Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France (Best Wines of France) in 2009. La Revue’s tasting panel writes, “We were seduced by the quality of his wines…We salute the pursuit of maturity and concentration, which inevitably requires effort in limiting yields and taking risks in pushing the date of harvest.
Soil: La Croix des Rameaux parcel on 30-40cm of granite sand over granite and schist.
Other Brouilly parcels on degraded pink Odenas granite with mineral-rich clays.
Côte de Brouilly parcel on granite sand with blue and black micas (diorite and biotite).
Viticulture: Manual harvest
Vinification Methods: Whole cluster fermentation (without crushing). Carbonic method used for Beaujolais-Villages V.V. and Brouilly V.V. All wines fermented in stainless steel tanks. Beaujolais-Villages V.V. and Brouilly V.V. bottled in early April after brief six-month élevage. Only partial carbonic used for Côte de Brouilly and Croix des Rameaux. Elevage for these wines takes place in five-to-ten-year-old neutral barriques. Wines are bottled without filtration just prior to the following year’s harvest.
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