People: Romuald Valot
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Type of Farming: Certified Organic, Permaculture
In the remote, undervalued slopes of Beaujeu, Burgundian émigré Romuald Valot is smashing the idols of what we might call, with unavoidable irony, the Beaujolais natural wine establishment. Depending on who you ask, his radical, hands-off permaculture and zero-zero vinification are either visionary daring, or pure folly. Valot produces Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Régnié, and Chénas, along with Beaujolais-Villages and Beaujolais Blanc. He also maintains a 1ha parcel of Pinot Noir in Ladoix, which he releases without the appellation.