Available from Thursday 16th November 2017!
What better way to celebrate after all the hard work of the harvest than to have a party to celebrate those first wines of the year, the nouveaux?
This year the new wines will be released on Thursday 16th November 2017 and will give us a first glimpse of the character of the vintage (as well as an excuse to glug copious amounts of delicious, food-friendly juice with like-minded friends!).
This is the fifth year we propose a selection of Beaujolais Nouveau from small growers who are producing authentic, joyous Gamays by picking healthy, usually organically-grown grapes and not messing around with the juice in the cellars.
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980. They own 14 hectares, including 11 in 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. Very soon Jean Foillard started to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, the man whose books and lectures has influenced so many of today’s Natural winemakers.
Jean never uses synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvests late, rigorously sorts to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adds minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refuses both chaptalization and filtration.
Foillard’s Morgons are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. Would that all Burgundies were as consistent as Foillard’s Morgon! It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.
‘ Of all the disciples of Jules Chauvet, Jean Foillard is the most likely to succeed in the practice of using very little SO2, without having his wines act capriciously at the slightest change in atmospheric pressure. His wines possess magnificent body and give aromas of a unique purity and grace.’ La Revue de France
Jean Foillard’s Beaujolais Nouveau comes from about 4ha of vines in Courcelles located just 200m from the limits of the Morgon appellation. Unsulphured and unfiltered, the style is one of juicy, dark cherry fruit and delicious gluggability. From this (quiet) super-star producer, we are delighted to be able to get a hold of some of his limited availability Nouveau for the second time!