La Dernière Goutte
Vaux-en-Beaujolais, Beaujolais, France
Cyrille Vuillod comes from the Hautes-Alpes and, before turning to wine-making, worked in the mountains as a ski instructor. His life in wine started in 2011 working under Jean-Claude Lapalu for three years. In 2012 he produced his first vintage in his own cellar.
Tell us about your 2018 harvest: What were your challenges? What went particularly well?
It was hot but not as hot as 2017. The biggest challenge was that the heat was making the wine more alcoholic than it was meant to be. I also had to get more grapes from a friend in the North of Beaujolais.
Your wines are organically farmed without any added sulphur. Have you always worked this way?
I have used sulphur for the first three years and stopped once I had the confidence to do it. I have always worked organically but without any certification. Now I also work biodynamically.
How did you find your current vineyards? Why in Beaujolais?
I have been harvesting there for 20 years and I have loads of friends in the area.
Are there any new winemaking techniques or tools you’d like to experiment with?
For the last few years I have been experimenting with amphora and concrete eggs. I have also started making white wine. I always like try out new things. The other thing is that the climate is constantly changing and each year there is a new way on how deal with the challenges, so us winemakers help each other out to be on top of the latest techniques. The end result is always unpredictable.
Your favourite vintage to date?
2014 and 2016 were my favourite, but completely different vintages.
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