The Charmes is planted in schist, granite and Manganese in the cru region of Morgon. This is one of Jean Foillard's smallest plots (only about 1.4ha) and extremely limited in production. The wine is layered and savoury with underlying funk for all you lovers of savoury wines. It will blossom given a few years in the cellar. To be drunk with food and decanting is a must. - Chris L
Jean and his wife Agnès live just outside the small village of Ville-Morgon in a large, old white farmhouse that they have renovated beautifully. Jean started making wine in 1982; first at the family domaine then after a few years he branched out on his own and started to rent and buy his own holdings (including a large, perfect parcel on the Côte du Py: the most celebrated climat in all of Beaujolais). Today his holdings are 11 hectares, including a parcel recently inherited from Agnes' parents in the lieu-dit Courcellette. It's granitic soils are a little different to the iron rich, schist of the Côte du Py and the cuvée is bottled separately.
Jean Foillard is a fervent supporter, like Marcel Lapierre, of the natural wine growing and making methods of the legendary Jules Chauvet. This includes keeping whole clusters of grapes in vats for 2 to 3 weeks at a low temperature before fermentation, using only natural yeast, no pumping, no fining and no filtration. Furthermore he ages his wine in barrels brought from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti..... the results are sublime. He is a cult wine hero amongst the very many young, free-spirited vignerons in France who are now looking back to nature to make fine wine. - Importer Note
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