Julie Balagny is part of a new generation of young winemakers flying the flag for the Beaujolais region. Having fallen in love with Gamay, she cultivates 3.2 hectares in Fleurie, 1 hectare in Beaujolais and 7,000 square metres in Moulin-à-Vent. Julie learned winemaking at Château de Rey, then domain Terre des Chardons before settling in Fleurie in 2009. Particularly interested in the principles of organic agriculture, she produces wines in a natural style, using neither commercial yeasts nor sulfur. Her wines are recognized in the region and beyond.
From Julie’s secluded three hectares of vines planted on a steep slope amongst woodlands, high in the hills of Fleurie. Here the oldest vines are ninety years of age and Cayenne is from fruit grown over basalt and the black, volcanic soils have a marked effect on this wine, producing a lithe, delicate and fragrant Gamay.