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  • Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2020

    £20.99

    “When Jean-Claude Lapalu started out as a winegrower in 1983, his family’s grapes were sold to the local cooperative. Beginning with the 1986 vintage, he started out on his own, “but my first four vintages are best forgotten, and the 2000 vintage is the first that really counts as far as I’m concerned,” he reflects. He credits a Grenoblois cheese merchant, who began visiting and tasting at the domaine from 1996, as a mentor. “He talked to me about wine in a non-academic way and helped me to form my palate. He warned me against trying to compensate in the cellar for what I was lacking in the vineyards.” Lapalu’s response, he tells me, was to go home “and ask my father where our plough was.” A Parisian caviste—the former wine buyer for Galleries Lafayette—who shared bottles from other regions with Lapalu, such as the wines of Domaine Belluard in the Savoie, opened his eyes to another world of wine.

    Today, of course, Lapalu is an icon in the natural wine movement, so it’s interesting to reflect on how far he has come since his tentative beginnings. His nine hectares are farmed organically and biodynamically, and vinification is carried out with little or no sulfur dioxide, generally with strict carbonic maceration, though the peculiarities of his various cuvées are described in more detail in the accompanying notes. Wines bearing Lapalu’s label share one characteristic, however: they’re irresistibly delicious. Today, he numbers among Beaujolais’s finest producers, and I enjoy each visit I pay to his small domaine immensely.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (244)

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  • Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux 2019

    £27.49

    “When Jean-Claude Lapalu started out as a winegrower in 1983, his family’s grapes were sold to the local cooperative. Beginning with the 1986 vintage, he started out on his own, “but my first four vintages are best forgotten, and the 2000 vintage is the first that really counts as far as I’m concerned,” he reflects. He credits a Grenoblois cheese merchant, who began visiting and tasting at the domaine from 1996, as a mentor. “He talked to me about wine in a non-academic way and helped me to form my palate. He warned me against trying to compensate in the cellar for what I was lacking in the vineyards.” Lapalu’s response, he tells me, was to go home “and ask my father where our plough was.” A Parisian caviste—the former wine buyer for Galleries Lafayette—who shared bottles from other regions with Lapalu, such as the wines of Domaine Belluard in the Savoie, opened his eyes to another world of wine.

    Today, of course, Lapalu is an icon in the natural wine movement, so it’s interesting to reflect on how far he has come since his tentative beginnings. His nine hectares are farmed organically and biodynamically, and vinification is carried out with little or no sulfur dioxide, generally with strict carbonic maceration, though the peculiarities of his various cuvées are described in more detail in the accompanying notes. Wines bearing Lapalu’s label share one characteristic, however: they’re irresistibly delicious. Today, he numbers among Beaujolais’s finest producers, and I enjoy each visit I pay to his small domaine immensely.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (09/19)

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  • Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2020

    £22.99

    “When Jean-Claude Lapalu started out as a winegrower in 1983, his family’s grapes were sold to the local cooperative. Beginning with the 1986 vintage, he started out on his own, “but my first four vintages are best forgotten, and the 2000 vintage is the first that really counts as far as I’m concerned,” he reflects. He credits a Grenoblois cheese merchant, who began visiting and tasting at the domaine from 1996, as a mentor. “He talked to me about wine in a non-academic way and helped me to form my palate. He warned me against trying to compensate in the cellar for what I was lacking in the vineyards.” Lapalu’s response, he tells me, was to go home “and ask my father where our plough was.” A Parisian caviste—the former wine buyer for Galleries Lafayette—who shared bottles from other regions with Lapalu, such as the wines of Domaine Belluard in the Savoie, opened his eyes to another world of wine.

    Today, of course, Lapalu is an icon in the natural wine movement, so it’s interesting to reflect on how far he has come since his tentative beginnings. His nine hectares are farmed organically and biodynamically, and vinification is carried out with little or no sulfur dioxide, generally with strict carbonic maceration, though the peculiarities of his various cuvées are described in more detail in the accompanying notes. Wines bearing Lapalu’s label share one characteristic, however: they’re irresistibly delicious. Today, he numbers among Beaujolais’s finest producers, and I enjoy each visit I pay to his small domaine immensely.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (244)

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  • Mee Godard Morgon Corcelette 2016

    £27.99

    “Vivid magenta. Vibrant red/blue fruit, violet and baking spice aromas, along with hints of succulent herbs and smoky minerals. Sappy and energetic on the palate, offering mineral-tinged black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a suggestion of star anise. Subtle, even tannins add grip to the penetrating, gently tannic finish, which shows building sweetness and strong persistence. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 93 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/19)

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  • Mee Godard Morgon Cote du Py 2016

    £33.99

    “Bright purple. Displays intensely perfumed dark berry, cherry pie and licorice scents, along with hints of pungent flowers, minerals and incense. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that become more energetic and taut on the back half. Plays richness off of finesse with a steady hand and finishes impressively long and sweet, with sharp detail and harmonious tannins coming in late. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 94 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/19)

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  • Mee Godard Morgon Grand Cras 2016

    £31.25

    “Brilliant violet color. A suave, spice-accented bouquet evokes fresh red fruits and candied flowers, and a mineral element adds urgency and lift. Bright, focused and appealingly sweet, offering lively raspberry and cherry flavors that tighten up slowly with air. Closes sappy, subtly tannic and extremely long, leaving a sexy violet note and a touch of smoky minerality behind. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 93 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/19)

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  • Mee Godard Morgon Passerelle 577 2016

    £43.99

    “Brilliant purple. High-pitched red/blue fruit and potpourri aromas are complicated by suggestions of exotic spices, candied violet and smoky minerals. Offers sappy, finely etched raspberry, boysenberry, mocha and spicecake flavors that gain heft with aeration while maintaining a delicate touch. Sappy, seamless and focused on the impressively long, mineral-driven finish, which is given shape by silky, harmonious tannins. Drinking window: 2023-2031. 94 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/19)

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  • Mee Godard Moulin-a-Vent Les Michelons 2016

    £34.99

    “Deep, shimmering ruby. Powerful red/dark berry preserve, floral pastille, incense and smoky mineral qualities on the nose, along with a hint of exotic spices. Appealingly sweet and supple on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry, allspice and licorice flavors that slowly firm up on the back half. Rounded, slow-building tannins give shape to the dark fruit-driven finish, which lingers with building sweetness and strong tenacity. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 93 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/19)

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