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Beaujolais Vieux
Beaujolais Vieux
Maison des Bulliats

www.maisondesbulliats.fr

Fred and Helen Lockwood are a lively couple who have takento a new challenge in their senior years with great gusto. They bought avineyard in one of the Beaujolais cru appellations called Regnie.

Fred was born in Canada where he grew up on a small farm inOntario. He moved to the UK in 1958 and studied and then later lectured inEngineering at Imperial College in London. Like many students, he explains, itwas during this formative period that Fred learnt to enjoy drinking - inparticular Beaujolais. This as a result of a chain of unlikely events. He wasto give a guest lecture in Lyons, but the time was most unfortunate – May 1968.To those keen students of French history this was one of France’s livelierperiods. Fred, unfortunately had his passport and money stolen. He walked 12 kmto the house of the only person he knew in the area who took him in and fed him while the necessary papers were obtained anew. But with little to do, he leaptat the invitation from the daughter of the house to take a drive in the classic 2CV of the time, and take a trip along the Route du Beaujolais. This was thelate 60s and with lighter traffic, and no drink driving laws, attitudes to weaving along country lanes while feeling “a bit squiffy” as Wooster might haveput it were very different and Beaujolais left a lasting impression on Mr Lockwood.

Cut to nearly 40 years later, a marriage to Helen, a teacher of Textile science at the University of the Arts, and, after a brief spell inthe Auvergne, their first joint venture into wine when they bought Maison des Bulliats.Like others they have discovered that the challenge of being a winemaker comes in three parts, growing the grapes, making the wine, and selling it. It isoften the last one that proves the hardest, hence the couple’s presence at the Londonwine fair.

Regnie is one of the named Beaujolais cru appellations. Lesswell known than Fleurie or Julienas the Regnie area sits in the middle of the Beaujolais strip which runs north south as an area to the West of the Saone River north of the city of Lyon. The Lockwood’s vineyard, with vines over 50 yearsold, qualifies for a vieilles vignes label and gives the wine more complex flavours.

I duly sipped and since it was the last wine of the day forme, I was happy not to spit it out into waiting spit bowl. It was delicious,and a long way from the thin wines associated with the annual mad marketing rush known as Beaujolais Nouveau. This Maison des Bulliats wine justified the slew of awards it has won and the wide acclaim from those with better tastebuds than mine. Wine advocate in June 2014 was moved to say …’ a delightful wine thatdelivers a lively brisk red cherry and strawberry scented nose that is cleanand nicely defined …’

The tasting was winding down and Fred was concerned about his car being trapped in the car park, so we parted company, but I look forward to one day seeing their winemaking enterprise first hand.
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