After working as a chef for four years, Christophe Pacalet returned to his native Beaujolais to study wine-making with his uncle, Marcel Lapierre of Morgon fame.
Like a growing number of young wine-makers, Pacalet does not own land, but rents carefully selected parcels based on the quality of the terroir and the age of the vines.
Renting allows him to have access to old vines vineyards and he focuses on 40 to 80 years old vines. Christophe makes wines today from a total surface of about eight hectares of vineyards.
The vines are cultivated according to the principles of “lutte raisonnée”; that is, the abstention from the use of chemical herbicides, fertilizers and fungicides whenever possible.