Jean-Claude Lapalu Croix des Rameaux is a natural red wine made by Jean-Claude Lapalu with the Gamay variety in the AOC Brouilly, Beaujolais (France).
Jean-Claude Lapalu settled on the Beaujolais family estate in 1982 and worked the 12 hectares of vineyards to sell the grapes to a cooperative. But in 1996, with a superb understanding of the domain and respecting the natural expression of the terroir as much as possible, he decided to make his own wines with a very unique style and through minimal intervention.
Jean-Claude Lapalu Croix des Rameaux comes from a sloping plot composed of sand and granite. These are old vines, aged up to 70 years old, that are organically cultivated and planted in soils that are ploughed and covered with grass. They are cultivated using environmentally-friendly agriculture without pesticides or herbicides that could damage the environment, and the harvest is carried out manually when the grapes reach optimum ripeness.
In the winery, the Jean-Claude Lapalu Croix des Rameaux grapes are first destemmed and then macerated for 20-25 days. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with native yeasts and the wine ages for 12 months in 10-year-old French oak barrels.
Lapalu is an icon in the minimal intervention wine movement and his Jean-Claude Lapalu Croix des Rameaux wine is a delicate and balanced natural red with a charming touch of freshness.