Romauld Valot is one of the most understated wine markers of this generation. Originally from Burgundy, Valot comes from generations of vignerons. In 2013 he bought a small cottage and 3 hectares of old vines in the hills above Beaujeu, way out in Beaujolais' west.
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.
This wine is from a small parcel of pinot noir he has since acquired, located in the Côte de Beaune’s Ladoix. Valot chooses to bring his grapes back to Beaujolais to vinify them in the same manner as his gamay, bottling the wine as a humble Vin de France. Reflecting the vintage, this offers an explosion of red berries, earth and gentle funk. Vibrant now, it will reward those who wait.
Whilst his approach to farming might be radical, the wines are anything but. Vibrant, fragrant and nuanced, they are an exercise in purity and thrillingly unique. - Andrew Guard, importer