The cat is him: Jean-Claude Chanudet, pioneer of natural wines in Beaujolais. Outside of his activities at Domaine J. Chamonard, he is part of the handful of winemakers that produced from parcels previously owned by the father of natural wines, Jules Chauvet. Along with Marie Lapierre (wife of the late Marcel Lapierre) they produce La Cuvee du chat from one of the famous parcels at Chateau Cambon. This is a wine marked by mineral notes, joined by red berries. Decant for maximum pleasure.
Originally classified as Beaujolais-Villages, "La Cuvee du Chat" drinks more like a Morgon. It comes from the granitic soils of a tiny 2.5 hectare parcel (shared with Lapierre) bought by Jean-Claude Chanudet and Marie LaPierre from a friend in 2010. The parcel was planted by a woman in 1945, and this vintage is the first harvest since Chanudet and LaPierre took over and began the conversion to organic agriculture. The beautiful Gamay grapes from these 80 year old vines are handpicked in October, after which Carbonic maceration with natural yeasts occurs in an enamel tank with some pumping over to stimulate activity. The wine is then moved to foudres to rest on lees before finally being bottled with minimal SO2.