2019 VDF 'Minouche'
After years of low yields and financial constraint, Julie has looked further afield for grapes and added this négoce wine to her collection. An added bonus, as it means there is an additional wine at a more affordable price point to quench the thirst of fans far and wide. The organic grapes are grown in the village of Chânes and in the Cru of Saint-Amour, by Julie's good friends Gilles & Jérôme Courtois (you will see their name on the label). The soils are sandy with large pebbles in Saint Amour, as well as pink granite in Chânes. 3 weeks carbonic maceration, then aged in old barrels for 8 months. Not fined or filtered, and no SO2 at any stage. And Minouche is a French song by Rachid Taha - have a listen while you have a glass!
Deeper red. Dark berries, dark chocolate and dark minerality on the nose. It is deep, with a pretty perfume emerging from underneath. Supple texture that is weighty but fresh. There is lovely sweet fruit, and indeed perhaps a hint of residual sugar which acts as an invitation to drink more. In fact, it’s very moreish. It stretches the length of the wine. Dark berries, super smooth flowing texture, and ultimately unctuous. Lots of fine detail and soft tannins complete it. I’m really impressed with how good this is for an entry level. As the wine warms up and is exposed to air, pretty florals emerge. To drink this is soft and easy, very approachable – I think everyone will love this, from amateurs to pros.