Domaine Jean Foillard - Beaujolais Villages 2018
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980, and soon thereafter began to make Kermit Lynch customers very happy. Most of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon. These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity.
However, great real estate is not the only key to Foillard’s success. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region.
Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement. This Gang of Four, as Kermit christened them, 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.
The Beaujolais village is from Parcels located in Villié-Morgon, Lancié, Saint-Amour, and St-Etienne-La-Varenne. Vinification is tradtional, whole cluster lasting 15 days in concrete tank. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. Foillard’s Beaujolais are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.