Jean-Claude Lapalu, Alma Mater

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Vintage: 2022

Varietals: Gamay

Farming: Organic, Unfined/Unfiltered, No added SO2

Inky and black with dark cherry aromas and flavors. Structured and detailed, Alma Mater is a distinct creation unto itself and an outlier in the Lapalu lineup. It was a result of "alcohol-infused brainstorming" and has become a darling of the natural wine congnescenti.

VINIFICATION: Carbonic fermentation in concrete vats with whole clusters. Gentle maceration but no punch downs or punch overs to minimize extractions. Pressed with a tradtional basket press.

AGING: Aged 7 months on skins in amphora, permanent exchange with the "terre" (earth) in this vessel. Antidote to oxygen, thus eliminating need for sulfur. Pressed to tank and settled for 3 weeks. No fining or filtration. No SO2.