Yohan Lardy, Moulin-à-Vent ‘Vieilles Vignes de 1903’
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Aged 30, Yohan Lardy is one of a new generation of terroir-focused producers in Beaujolais. After finishing his studies in Beaune, Yohan spent time working for a biodynamic producer in Chile, before returning to his native Beaujolais. He now owns about 8ha of vines split between Fleurie, Moulin à Vent, Chenas and Beaujolais-Villages. Yohan’s experience in Chile encouraged him to adopt a natural approach to tending his vines. He does all of the back-breaking work of ploughing and harvesting his vineyards by hand, using only natural fertilisers and little to no sulphites. In the cellar he follows the classic Beaujolais method of carbonic maceration, using whole bunches, ambient yeasts and spontaneous fermentation.
His wines are celebrated for a very aromatic, fruit-forward profile, with a complex, terroir-driven character and enjoyably soft tannins. This wine is made from a single vineyard planted in 1903 on a small 2 acre plot. The crimson red Gamay has notes of strawberry and cherry fruit. On the palate, it is rich and fruity followed by minerality and a long finish.This wine was made with semi-carbonic maceration with whole clusters at low temperature for 18 days. Drink with grilled salmon, chicken tagine & creamy risotto.