Yohan Lardy’s youthful enthusiasm and charm are practically irresistible. As you chase him up and around his 114 year old Gamay vines in Moulin a Vent you can’t help but share his feelings of extreme good fortune in getting to work this superb site known as ‘Les Michelons.’ Digging through the loose, sandy soil of the vineyard, Yohan searches for particularly beautiful chunks of quartz, granite, and manganese to show to us as if they were buried jewels. As he points into the distance at the peak of Mont Blanc appearing out from behind the clouds he tells us, “my office has the best view!” And then to drive home what we’re all thinking, he shouts, “I love this fucking terroir!” Yohan’s real treasure is the 1ha Moulin-a-Vent “Les Michelons” vineyard, and it’s most profound expression is the cuvée “Vieilles Vignes de 1903” sourced from the vines planted by the previous owner’s grandfather. This is a Cru Beaujolais for aging as it needs time to integrate all of its powerful structure and dense material. It points to the ultimate truth that beneath Yohan’s boyish energy is a serious and remarkably talented vigneron whose progress will be a great pleasure to follow for many years.
This micro-cuvée comes from 114 year old gamay vines planted at 300 meters elevation in soils rich in granite, quartz and manganese. The yield is a mere 20hl/ha. Whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days. 12 months aging in barre. The wine is neither fined or filtered.