Romuald Valot Biosophiste Côte de Brouilly, 2020

 

Romuald Valot Biosophiste Côte de Brouilly, 2020

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Originally from wine making family in Burgundy, Romuald has been carving out a serious reputation for wines in Beaujolais now for about 10 years.

Having worked in his native burgundy for many years he became disheartened by the high level usage of chemicals and manipulation in the winery. In 2013 he bought a small cottage, cuverie and three hectares of vines in the hills above Beaujeu, way out in Beaujolais’ west. These are old vines planted over a granite belt at 500 meters, some of the highest plantings in the region. Since that initial purchase he has acquired some other plots across the region.

He has developed his own method of organic practices, leaving some blocks untilled with no pruning in the winter and creating his own treatments from wild herbs and spring water. Similarly so once ion the winery, the hand harvested bunches are placed in cuve and sealed, leaving to gently sit for 14 days and then a slow gentle pressing over many hours from where its sent to old barrels for a 12 month elevage.

This comes from his small plot on the slopes of Brouilly, taking in granite as well as the magmatic rock that gives this Mont its distinct minerality. A bright hue in the glass with a matching nose, fresh fruited with that pure mineral edge and plenty of tension keeping this lithe and long. Only made in small quantities these are hard bottles to come by that will absolutely be worth tucking away for a few years if you can.