Domaine Lapalu Brouilly Cuvee Des Fous (750ml)
Jean Claude Lapalu comes from a family of vignerons who used to sell their grapes to the cooperative. He began his domaine in 1996 and he made his first commercial wines in 2000. He has 12 hectares of 60 to 80 year old vines in Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne, Brouilly. He uses organic and biodynamic viticulture practices and his winemaking is very natural, in that no sulfur dioxide is used until the bottling stage.
The 2016 Brouilly Cuvee des Fous has a complex bouquet with scents of raspberry coulis, wild strawberry, cold stone and undergrowth. This is very detailed, quite an intellectual bouquet for a Brouilly. The palate is very energetic. You can feel this ricocheting around the mouth with “zingy” dark berry fruit, mixed with cola and light orange peel notes. This is going to grow up to be a superb Brouilly, and as such, it comes highly recommended. Drink 2019-2028. – Neil Martin