• 2019 Julie Balagny Fleurie 'Cayenne'

2019 Julie Balagny Fleurie 'Cayenne'

The AOC in Fleurie is apparently easier to deal with, so both this wine and En Remont have the AOC. Cayenne is made with grapes from Julie's younger vines in Fleurie. The vines are 35 and 40 years old. The soils are mainly granite and basalt, with pink granite and quartz. 

Five weeks carbonic maceration, then raised in old barrels for ten months.

Not fined or filtered. Zero SO2 at any stage.

Darker colour. Wild berries, blueberries and wild herbs. There is the granite - it seems darker, but the perfectly ripe fruit is light and lifted. It's deep and so nice. This is a serious adult wine, and while some of her previous wines have been great but a bit loose – this seems to be extremely well balanced and slightly more polished, dare I say it. Black roses and hints of liquorice mix into a cauldron of eternal perfume. Darker, yet lifted. Pungent yet approachable. This is serious wow. I can't explain it – I love the lightness of some of her wines – this has more depth with that lightness, but a certain elegance. Strawberries are coming through as it warms up. Acidity is medium and so nice. As I write this, what other Beaujolais is like this? None, it's so unique. Dark roses emerge at the forefront. Gentle tart acidity and the texture is deep. Yes, it can be a drinking wine, but this is an excellent meal wine to study. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I love it. So much freedom and expression, yet managed with care and thought. Brilliant.

- Ryan Larkin, importer

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Wine with no additions, wild yeast, and sustainable farming.