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2018 Alex Foillard Brouilly
If the name Jean Foillard rings a bell or the label looks familiar, that's because it is! Jean Foillard is without question, the best producer in Beaujolais. These are some of the most sought-after wines in the world and with good reason. Jean Foillard is one of the greats – not just for Beaujolais but for the French wine industry as a whole – starting his career as one of the disciples of French winemaking legend Jules Chauvet (together with Yvon Métras, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton and Jean-Paul Thévenet), he and his wife Agnès have been working their vineyard in Morgon together since 1980, and for the past decade have been joined by their son Alex, who has been producing wines under his own name (and under Jean's tutelage) for five years now too.
Here we have Jean's son Alex's Brouilly, which is his Gamay Noir from vineyards leased further south in Brouilly and then made back in Morgon. This is from 50 year old vines grown on granite soils, all 100% whole bunch fermented, some carbonic maceration influence, fermented and matured 50% in concrete tanks and 50% in aged French oak barriques.