Fleurie 'Cayenne' 2019
A Wine That
shows why Fleurie is so famous; this has layers upon layers of complexity, and changes with every moment in the glass. Get your notebook and pen ready... you'll be doodling cherries and question marks before you know it; this is the perfect example of why great wine will always be a mystery.
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- Winemaker: Julie Balagny
Where and How?
'Cayenne,' is Julie's Fleurie parcel located on both granite and basalt, from 35-year-old vines.
In her cellar, you'll find big traditional cement tanks where the whole bunches of Gamay remain for three weeks or more. She uses CO2 gas to ensure the grapes remain without oxygen. She leaves the juice which forms from the weight of the bunches at the bottom of the vats; "to give more energy to the yeasts, so they don't suffer too much" she explains. The grapes are then pressed in her ancient vertical press, and then the juice is moved to the barrel cellar where it finishes fermenting naturally. She explains that as they continue fermenting in barrel, the CO2 released by the fermentation process prevents the unsulphured wines from developing brettanomyces (a yeast that can cause off-tastes and aromas). All the wines are bottled unfined, unfiltered and without added sulphites.
Julie Balagny might have become a celebrity in the wine world — but she remains one of the most humble, generous and thoughtful winemakers.
Having left her native Paris in 1999 to take a job as a winemaker in the South of France, Julie arrived in Beaujolais ten years later and, cliché as it may be, the rest really was history. It’s not too often that two esteemed winemakers in the world (Yvon Métras and Jean-Francois Ganevat) call you and say,
“Hey Julie. There’s a spot in Fleurie with some available parcels. You in?”
We think you know the answer to that question already.