In a nutshell: Wonderful fresh, fruity and silky smooth organic Beaujolais Villages.
The lowdown: Alex Foillard is the son of legendary pioneering Beaujolais producer Jean Foillard and after working at the family domaine and internships at wineries in France and around the world he bought his first Beaujolais vineyards at the age of 24 a few years ago. Like his father he works to organic principles, uses minimal sulphur, and his wines are unfined and unfiltered. The results are also stunning. Fresh, pure red fruit perfumed aromas leap from the glass. The palate is fresh and silky smooth with light, fine tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. Truly all you could want from a Beaujolais or light wine in general.
When to drink: This is a bottle of wine where the contents will disappear quite quickly! Enjoy on its own, with meatier fish, cold meats and terrines, or mild Asian cuisine.
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over the domaine from Jean's father in 1980, and it wasn't long before their wines reached the cult-like status they enjoy today. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement. This Gang of Four, as christened by famous American importer Kermit Lynch, called for a return 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 sulphur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. With access to the very best vineyards in one of the most renowned areas of Morgon, the 'Côtes du Py', and 60-year-old vines, Jean's wines have a wonderful purity and freshness. This is a true and natural expression of Morgon: rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone.