2021 Romuald Valot 2155012505
WINEMAKER: Romuald Valot
REGION: Burgundy/Beaujolais, FR
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
Weather conditions in the Beaujolais in 2021 were incredibly challenging. The growing season was tough - marked by a devastating spring frost and heavy rainfall during summer. The grape harvest took place late in the year, around mid-September. The wines produced were low in alcohol and lighter and more elegant than say 2015 and 2018. Many vignerons, such as Romuald, did not have sufficient quantity to bottle separate Crus so they blended the wines. This however is actually 100% pinot noir from old vines in Ladoix, vinified in Beaujolais.
Originally from Burgundy, Romuald Valot has spent the past decade forging a new path in the remote hills of the Beaujolais. Born into a family of vignerons, he spent decades working for classic producers in Burgundy and was left disenchanted by the amount of chemicals used in the vineyards and the tricks being played in the cellar. In 2013 he bought a small cottage, cuverie and three hectares of vines in the hills above Beaujeu, way out in Beaujolais’ west.
The vines are planted over granite and are a hundred years old. At five hundred metres above sea level, they are amongst the very highest in the region but most importantly, they are a world away from most in the area, allowing Romuald to be alone with nature. He has since acquired a further eight hectares of vines elsewhere in the region, and also farms a hectare in the Côte de Beaune’s Ladoix, from which he produces a sublime Pinot Noir.
Romuald practices his own extreme take on organic agriculture. Refusing to spray even copper and sulphur on the vines, he experiments without ploughing or pruning in some parcels. In the event he does treat the vines, he does so with his own infusions of wild plants, which he gathers and mixes with spring water, whey and clay.