2018 VDF 'cayenne'
Cayenne is made with grapes from Julie's younger vines in Fleurie. The vines are 35 and 40 years old. The soils are made up mainly of granite and basalt, with the remainder pink granite and quartz. 6 weeks carbonic maceration, then raised in old barrels for a year. Not fined or filtered. Zero SO2.
Dark fruit, and powerful, lighter in colour and overall essence. Roses in the background, but also lighter red berries underneath. Yummy milk chocolate dust notes on nose. Perfume is coming and is very good. Palate is crazy, so many layers. There is very nice sweet fruit, lots of depth, and a gentle sweet roses lift near the finish. Beautiful texture too. This is so good now, but in a few years this will blossom and the perfume will become intoxicating. There are so many layers of flavour. Nice sticky tannins and some good tension. But still that dreamy, creamy texture. Dark red roses and strawberries with some darker twists in the middle. Great full mid-palate, packed with stuffing. Gentle acidity. The lightest of the 18's.