Jean Foillard Morgon Les Charmes Eponym (750ml)
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980. Most of their vineyards are planted on 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. Jean follows the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist winemaker. Along with Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton this Gang of Four has returned to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. These are Beaujolais with rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineralilty.
The grapes for this organic wine come from 50 year old vines growing on a small 1.5 hectare lieu-dit Les Charmes. This site is the highest altitude lieu-dit in the appellation with soil composed of schist, granite and manganese. Fermentation is traditional whole cluster with ripe stems and all in order to increase the level of skin contact and create a “fuller” style of wine (not to be confused with “whole berry” fermentation, aka carbonic maceration). Fermentation lasts 3-4 weeks and the wine is aged for 6-9 months in used oak barrels.