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Jean Foillard

Jean Foillard, P'tit Jeanto his friends, joined his family’s estate of 8 hectares in 1981. Son and grandson of vignerons, one could say it was simply in the order of things that he’d return to the fold. Today, the renown of his wines has made him a revered giant of Beaujolais. The star vigneron of the celebrated Côte de Py vineyard site, Jean creates natural wines while following the precepts of Jules Chauvet. Jean is part of the clan importer Kermit Lynch dubbed the Gang of Four, with Lapierre, Théven and Breton, a quartet which would more than restore the reputation of Beaujolais. Together, all of them embarked on a return to their roots and the good sense of their ancestors: starting with healthy, old vines, they would abandon the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, would harvest only at optimal grape maturity, employ rigorous sorting to collect only the healthiest grapes, vinified whole cluster with carbonic maceration and low temperature fermentations, and a strictly homeopathic use of sulphur, if any is used at all, while refusing any chaptalisation or filtration of their wines. And all of this, in the Beaujolais, in the 1980s, was a révolution... Jean’s Morgons can easily be drunk young, but they have an unbelievable aptitude for ageing as well. Enjoy them tonight, next year, and in a decade! 

Jean Foillard
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