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. The estate comprises nearly fourteen hectares.
Jean followed the methods 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, joined the movement. Kermit Lynch called this group The Gang of Four.
Dark crimson in color. 13.7% ABV. Charming nose of red fruits, iron and earth. Medium body with perfect acidity. Crisp, light and refreshing. Cherry, cranberry, blood and soil on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Gorgeous Beaujolais that is approachable now but will drink well for years to come.
My rating: 91 points.
This is a great buy year in and year out at around $30. Also look for the Côte du Py bottling for around $50.