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Jean Foillard Beaujolais-Villages 2019

Red Wine from Beaujolais, France
$25.99

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Yes, that's right. The great Morgon master Jean Foillard is now making Beaujolais-Villages. This is basically a baby version of the Cote du Py, from vines just outside the Crus. Delicious, juicy, mineral Gamay inside.

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Jean Foillard is a member of the Gang of Four. No, that’s not an underground East Village band from the 1980s, but four guys who make really good wine in the Beaujolais Cru of Morgon. They are linked together by two things. Two dudes, actually. The first is Jules Chauvet, who figured out how to make clean and pure wine in Beaujolais without the use of sulphur. Chauvet never really made it big in America as a winemaker; Beaujolais just wasn't considered a "great" wine back in the '80s. But he taught Foillard — and the three others, Lapierre, Breton, and Thevenet — how to do it themselves.

The second dude is Kermit Lynch, who fell in love with the magic of what they were doing, back when all his neighbors in California were drinking Chardonnay with ice cubes. To this day, Kermit imports all four producers. They're all great, of course… But we all have our favorites. If like many of us you prefer Beaujolais with depth and age-ability, then Foillard is probably your fave.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"Brilliant violet. Incisive, mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers and allspice. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that deepen slowly and become sweeter with air. The mineral note repeats on a very long, smooth finish shaped by fine-grained, even tannins." -Vinous

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Gamay
Appellation: Beaujolais-Villages
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Jean Foillard
Winemaker: Jean Foillard
Vineyard: 20 to 55 years old, 7 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged 7 months in concrete tank
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Gamay

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Aromatic , Juicy , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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