Domaine Lucien Lardy
Lucien Lardy is a third generation winemaker who cultivates some of the best Fleurie plots in Beaujolais where he practices responsible farming. The vineyard is located in Fleurie, one of the ten Cru in Beaujolais. It is at a “lieu dit” named “Roches” because the bedrock comes right up to the surface, giving the vines a very poor soil in which they have to struggle to grow. The vines average 40 years of age and are planted at a density of 10,000 plants per hectare. Lucien Lardy uses the unusual type of head pruning known as “rognant au carré” to allow increased exposure to the sun and air circulation. The maceration lasts 12 to 14 days with some heating of the vats for increased extraction. The wine then ages for 7 months in neutral French oak before a light fining and estate bottling.
Domaine Lucien Lardy Beaujolais Villages
VINEYARD: Over 60 year old Gamay vines planted near the appellation of Fleurie on a pink granite soil. Single vineyard.
VINIFICATION: Spontaneous whole cluster maceration for 8 days in concrete vats. Aging for 6 months in concrete.