Andrew Guard

2018 Côtes de Brouilly 'Biosophiste', Romuald Valot

This shows a highly perfumed attractive bouquet of red berry and cherry liqueur and in the mouth is energetic, sharply focused with lovely depth and clarity. Silky, very fine tannins provide framework to an pure, fresh and moreish finish. This is superb

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.