Lucien Lardy Beaujolais 2020
Lucien Lardy Beaujolais 2020
There is a heart-warming sense of simplicity here that is becoming a rare commodity. Whereas the Côte d’Or fights to retain its spirit as corporations buy the choicest cuts of vineyard and its wines become unaffordable to its loyal followers, Beaujolais finds itself unburdened with inheritance or tax issues, nor does it witness generations of family ownership snuffed out by the cursory wave of a checkbook. Its wines uphold their raison d’être of being drunk and savored, not misappropriated as investment vehicles… NEAL MARTIN, vinous.com
Lucien Lardy has been producing high-quality but still relatively unknown wines for some time that consistently deliver exceptional value… While I wish these wines attracted more attention in the US, they have solidified a loyal insider following in Europe, especially in France, and are among those that I look for at savvy restaurants or from small, attentive cavistes. JOSH RAYNOLDS, vinous.com
Lucien Lardy, a fourth-generation Beaujolais vigneron is a salt of the earth, born and bred local. Key to his estate is a clutch of old vines. The Beaujolais village comes from 70-year-old vines – incredible for a $25 wine. And their top Fleurie, Moriers is made from 110-year-old vines. He was very surprised when we asked if we could see his vineyards, ‘Really? You want to go?’ So we jumped into his Rav 4 and off we went.
Fat stumpy old vines sprawl across the verdant green hills, twisting this way and that. We bobbed along the hills of Fleurie, white-knuckled and clinging on, narrowly missing his vines as he animatedly talked in his mother tongue. A wealth of goblet vines and slopes surrounding us.
As critic Neal Martin points out, the heart-warming sense of simplicity that Beaujolais offers is a rare commodity. There’s nothing pretentious or grandiose, but rather wines that offer immediacy and deliciousness. Combined with the old-vine intensity and complexity that Lardy’s wines offer, these are some of the best value medium-bodied reds going ‘round. A tempting ripe core of fruit buoys each wine, surrounded by fine silty tannins.
Back in the cellar, winemaking is kept to the classical style of the region; concrete tanks with whole clusters and semi-carbonic maceration enhance the fruit essence of the wine while also imparting a sappy tone.
All three wines are centred around the cru of Fleurie. It won’t come as a surprise to many of you that the wines from Fleurie are known for their floral lift. It’s one of the important Crus of Beaujolais, but with the added complexity these old vines bring there is a pulsing vein of minerality and vibrancy surging throughout.
The Beaujolais Village comes from vines planted in 1951 next to Fleurie, Les Roches Fleurie is a plot of 67 years old while Les Moriers is a tiny 0.8 hectare plot planted 110 years ago. Both the Fleuries are planted on pink granite soils synonymous with the Cru.
As to the vintage of 2020, it’s an anomaly in the sense it was amongst the earliest and warmest vintages yet the wines retain freshness and delicacy. They’re ripe with a layer of transparency that appeals.
Our new shipment has just arrived and we’re offering special prices on all three. If it’s anything like last time, these will fly out. For $25 a bottle in a 6 pack the Beaujolais Village offers incredible value.
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Classically styled from very old vines
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