Jean Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
The “Gang of Four” is a nickname lovingly bestowed on the most noteworthy winemakers who make Cru Beaujolais. Kermit Lynch christened the name to Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton. The significance of this nickname lies far beyond their talents. Before natural wine made its resurgence in the area, Beaujolais Nouveau was the popular choice for years, hitting the tables of many Americans’ Thanksgiving tables every November. Enter Kermit Lynch—he began to import the crus made by the Gang in the 90s. Jean Foillard played a major role in returning Beaujolais to its roots by starting with old vines, eliminating synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting for the healthiest grapes, and using minimal doses of sulfur or none at all.
Even for a village level Beaujolais, this wine comes from vines ranging from 20-55 years; old vines are standard among the flagship Beaujolais producers. This comes from parcels located in both appellations of Fleurie and Morgon. The winemaking is whole cluster fermented and rests for seven months in concrete, and no added sulphur.