The Foillard vineyard exists since the father of Jean Foillard started doing wines. The Domaine as it's known today, comprising of 14 hectares ruled by Jean and Agnès, started in 1980. It is grounded on the famous area of Côte du Py, near the village of Villié-Morgon. Such a great location is not the only key to the vineyard's success. Soon after the beginning of his activities, Jean began to switch the vineyard's farming towards more natural and responsible processes. Contrary to the trends of the Beaujolais area, Jean Foillard started working with old vines, later harvests, rigorous sorting and no addition of sulfur if possible. Following these natural methods allows the real potential of Morgon to be released. Wines are raised in older barrels from Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style.
Amongst the new world of producers of fine, Burgundy-beating Beaujolais, Foillard is right at the top of the tree. Morgon has become the pre-eminent Beaujolais Cru, largely thanks to modern classic wines like Côte du Py.
PRODUCER: Jean Foillard
GRAPE VARIETIES: Gamay
FARMING: Vineyards are farmed organically. Highly selective hand harvesting.
WINEMAKING: Traditional, whole cluster fermentation lasts from 3-4 weeks. Aged for 6-9 months in used oak barrels (minimum 2 years old). Unfiltered and with no added SO2 during vinification.
TASTING NOTES: Ripe red fruits with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Very juicy on the palate with fresh red fruits notes & soft tannins. Long length.
FOOD PAIRING STYLE: Steak, roast, pasta Bright & Bold