Julie Balagny is a winemaker that transcends region. While her winemaking style is keenly aware of the natural-leaning history of the area (she did after all work for Yvon Metras), I never feel like I’m drinking a ‘Beaujolais’ in the standard sense when Balagny’s wine is in my glass. Even in warmer vintages, there is an indescribable and ethereal center to the wines that draws me in and keeps me intoxicated; an extra layer of vibe like a flickering candle between a lovely shared moment.
I’m happy to offer a few wines from Julie’s 2020 vintage: Minouche, the second vintage of her new négoce project in both 750 and magnum, and a small amount of both Cayenne and En Remont—her two flagship cuvées from the steep slopes of her original Fleurie plot. All are special wines to keep for a moment that deserves them.
Minouche 2020 MAG
En Remont 2020