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Julie Balagny | AOC Fleurie 'O Bella Ciao'

Beaujolais, France

The texture… relaxes the soul. Very fine-grained tannins add complexity. Dashes of campari, cherry ripe, violets and spice are prominent through wafts of magical florals and boysenberry. Absolutely delicious!

Grapes: 
Gamay (100%)
Ferment: Wild
Fining/Filtration: No
Organic: Yes
Sulphur: No
ABV: 13%

Grape Growing
Julie has a secluded parcel of 3.2 hectares surrounded by woods, in Fleurie. There are 3 different soil types here: pure granite mixed with pebbles and sand, granite and quartz, and granite with basalt. The vines are aged between 30 and 100 years old. When the year permits, she makes 3 different cuvées. However, in 2017, she had two wines from her En Rémont parcel, but she preferred them blended as one, and called it O Bella Ciao. Named after an old Italian folk song, 'Bella Ciao' is an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance. 

Wine Making
The grapes saw carbonic maceration in vat, slowly for 1.5 months, then élevage was for 6-7 months in old barrels. Zero SO2 at any stage.

All notes from proud importer, Ryan Larkin.

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