Romauld Valot is one of the most understated wine makers 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.
A gorgeous ruby in the glass this is the most compact and elegant of these releases, displaying a beautiful tension and the kind of distinct, stony minerality that suggest it will age with aplomb over the coming years. 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.