Andrew Guard

2019 Beaujolais Villages 'Electron Libre', Romuald Valot

2019 is a stunning vintage in the Beaujolais. 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.