Jean-Claude Lapalu, Brouilly, Croix des Rameaux 2017

Jean-Claude Lapalu, Brouilly, Croix des Rameaux 2017

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Jean-Claude Lapalu is a 3rd generation winemaker who founded his domaine only recently in 1996. However, he has made huge strides and now makes some of the finest Brouilly in the region and is the first grower from Beaujolais to achieve 94 Parker points. 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. The Croix de Rameaux is from 80 year-old vines and is aged in 5 year-old barriques for 9 months. The resultant wine is expressive with a balanced roundness.

A dark ruby in colour. The nose is packed with earthy red fruit aromas suggesting cherry and fraises des bois. On the palate, ripe and deliciously fresh with harmonious tannins and a pronounced minerality. Notes of leather and tar mingle with flavours of bitter cherry and truffle. The finish is lingering. Would pair well with roast goose, osso buco or even a bitter, dark chocolate Charlotte.