Julie Balagny - 2018 VDF ‘b…j.l..s’
Julie Balagny has been in Beaujolais since 2009. With the help of friend (and renowned vigneron) Yvon Metras, she managed to find a parcel surrounded by woods in Fleurie – famed for wines of ethereal perfume, delicacy and breathtaking fruit. Since then, she's also been able to scoop up two more plots, small but mighty, in Moulin-à-Vent and Émeringes. The vineyard work is organic, and everything has to be done by hand due to the steep slopes; no tractor or horse can get around efficiently or safely. All the wines go through carbonic maceration, as is the flavour of Beaujolais these days, and to protect her wines Julie is fastidious about the absence of oxygen. No punch downs, no pump overs – just time. She is a famed recluse, cares for little else other than the vines and the Earth, and thus makes intense, moving, never-forget-me wines.
You'll notice that because she didn't apply for the AOC, she can't legally put 'Beaujolais' on the bottle. Hence the way it is written. The fruit is from the Émeringes plot and, like wonderful wines from these sandy sites, you get a punch in the face level of perfume despite the misleading pale colour. Tonka beans, a little bit of nail-polish *it blows off*, cherry cola, strawberries and forest. In all these wines you can smell the trees that hug the vineyards of Beaujolais. Texturally, the definition of sound, lilted, balanced, gentle, yum. A special wine, from a special woman.
Variety Gamay || Region Beaujolais, France || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml