Beaujolais wines, made 100% from the Gamay grape, are the quintessential fruity wines but memories of characterless, peardrop-scented Beaujolais Nouveau mean that the name “Beaujolais” often sends a shudder down the spine.
But it is possible to find superb wines in the Beaujolais region especially in the higher classified wines of the crus Beaujolais - and because they are no longer particularly fashionable, the wines are often good value. Brouilly is one of the 10 crus (cru here meaning a wine producing area rather than a single vineyard).
Jean-Claude Lapalu has a relatively small vineyard of old vines in Brouilly which he farms biodynamically; natural winemaking methods are used in the winery. This wine has a beautiful perfume with aromas of red berries and violets for which Brouilly is known. Some examples of Brouilly can be pretty robust but this has a fruity complexity whilst retaining a refreshing acidity. It is mouth-wateringly good.
Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018