Region: Beaujolais, France
First Glance: Mineral, Lively, Structured
Jean Foillard’s brilliance is no longer limited to his home village of Morgon. A decade ago a ripple of excitement rippled through the French wine trade when they learned that Jean had expanded his holdings into Fleurie.
It wasn't just that Foillard had broadened his reach into another village. It was that he had done so with very old vines in two sites revered by insiders as Fleurie’s finest: Grille-Midi and La Madone.
Foillard's first harvest from these vines was 2005, and he quickly demonstrated that his brilliance was not limited to the great terroirs of Morgon. His magic touch creates a seamless marriage of the intense minerality and firm structure of Grille-Midi and La Madone with the nuance, depth and texture that are his alone.
100% Gamay from vines planted on soils of pink granitic sand. Jean has farmed organically from the beginning but has never sought certification. As for the rest, it’s tradition at work: harvesting by hand, vinification of whole bunches, cold carbonic maceration, 9 months of maturation in barrels that have seen several wines, no filtration, and just a light dose of sulphites during racking.