About Jean Foillard
Jean Foillard Facts
In 1980, Jean Foillard took over his father's estate winery in Villiè-Morgon, expanding and overhauling operations. Today, Foillard possesses 14 hectares of some of the finest sites in Morgon: the sandy Corcelette parcel and a large chunk of the renowned, granitic Cote de Py. Along with Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thevenet, Jean Foillard has helped bring traditional artisanal winemaking back to the Beaujolais, long notorious for its mass scale commercial coops. These traditional techniques emphasize old vines, no chemical herbicides or pesticides, late harvests done by hand, merciless sessions at the sorting table, indigenous yeasts, minimal use of sulfur and absolutely no chaptalization or filtration. In keeping with this progressive-traditionalist style, the domain's wines are aged in older Burgundy barrels. The wines of Domain Jean Foillard are classic expressions of the Gamay grape, complex and fragrant, spicy and mineral. There is none of the vulgar, single-note fruitiness that characterizes the worst of Beaujolais. The Cote de Py bottlings display creamy cherry, berry and mineral flavors and the palate presence of a serious red Burgundy. These are classic expressions of the Gamay grape.