Andrew Guard

2018 Beaujolais Villages 'Biosophiste', Romuald Valot

This is the wine that got me hooked, but it was the 2016 version and the 2017 that we imported last year flew out the door and I still get asked for it. This release is a gleaming, ruby hued beauty. Fresh, vivid and very sensual on the nose it has a very graceful presence in the mouth and a long, gossamer textured vibrant finish. This is one of the most delicious wines I know and one yearns for more!

Every now and then a wine you try leaves you a little intrigued and passionate and this often leads into exploration. And so it was on a humid Saturday afternoon in June this year that I was standing on a sidewalk in Tokyo with Gio and Marco from Fratelli Paradiso & 10 William St, a wine list in my hand.

We wanted something to refresh and wound up with one of the sommeliers recommendations, a chilled bottle of Beaujolais from a producer that I hadn't had before, Romuald Valot.

He farms his land without chemicals and with a plough and winch to turn the soil - in the winery it is very basic too, reliant on the tacit knowledge of generations of experience and observation. This combined with great terroir combine to produce superb wine. These too are rare and hard to find, lucky we got in quickly.