Romuald Valot - 2020 Cuvee 21550

2020 Cuvee 21550

Variety
Pinot Noir
Region
Beaujolais, France
Volume
750ml

'2020 is a stunning vintage in the Beaujolais. This release is a gleaming, ruby hued beauty. Fresh, vivid and very sensual on the nose it has a very graceful presence in the mouth and a long, gossamer textured vibrant finish. This is one of the most delicious wines I know and one yearns for more!

Every now and then a wine you try leaves you a little intrigued and passionate and this often leads into exploration. And so it was on a humid Saturday afternoon in June this year that I was standing on a sidewalk in Tokyo, a wine list in my hand. I wanted something to refresh and wound up with one of the sommeliers recommendations, a chilled bottle of Beaujolais from a producer that I hadn't had before, Romuald Valot.

I loved it, it was a sensual delight – pretty rose-hip and cranberry aromas – fresh, bright and stony cherry fruit and the lithe and crispy mouthfeel that the best exponents of cold carbonic (no SO2) fermentation are able to achieve. Who was this guy?? Already intrigued, I began to explore using Google and found just about nothing! There were a few pictures and some bottles available retail in France but little else. I eventually communicated with him and visited him recently; he wasn't easy to find and it was wet and cold but eventually we made our way to his cellar in the Beaujolais where he fashions the kind of gleaming, jewel like artisan wine that I travel the world for. He farms his land without chemicals and with a plough and winch to turn the soil. In the winery it is very basic too, reliant on the tacit knowledge of generations of experience and observation. This combined with great terroir combine to produce superb wine. These too are rare and hard to find, lucky we got in quickly.' – Importer