2021 Domaine Jean Foillard Fleurie, Beaujolais, France
ABOUT THIS WINE:
Traditional, whole cluster fermentation lasts from 3-4 weeks. Aged for 6-9 months in used oak barrels. Sourced from the lieu-dit Champagne
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER:
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980. The biggest part of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon. . These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton know as The Gang of Four, called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration.
We are raving fans of Jean Foillard for his commitment to organic practices and ability to bring the best out of the Gamay grape. Beaujolais fans, Foillard is not one to miss!