Andrew Guard

2019 Chenas 'Biosophiste', Romuald Valot

Bright magenta hues in the glass with the lifted vibrant raspberry and attractive herbal scents very attractive. Silky and very focused on the palate with gorgeous cherry and raspberry flavors that are complemented but Gamay's telltale peppery nuance. The finish is long, the superfine tannins leave behind subtle floral and licorice notes. A beauty

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.