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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Beaujolais Nouveau
Gamay 40-60 yrs Sand 4 ha
Fleurie
Gamay 45 - 50 yrs Pink sandstone 1 ha
Morgon
Côte du Py
Gamay 10-90 yrs Schist, Granite, Manganese 8.6 ha total
Morgon "3.14"
Gamay 100 yrs Schist, Granite 8.6 ha total
Morgon "Cuvée Corcelette"
Gamay 80 yrs Sandstone 8.6 ha total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Vineyards are farmed organically
• Highly selective hand harvesting
• Traditional, whole cluster fermentation lasts from 3-4 weeks
• Wines age from 6-9 months in oak (used barrels from Burgundy for the Morgon Côte du Py and 30-hectoliter foudres for the “Cuvée Corcelette”)
• Unfiltered and with no added SO2 during vinification
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from vines that Jean Foillard owns not far from Morgon, within the AOC Beaujolais boundaries. Vinifications are traditional nouveau vinifications (semi-carbonic, whole cluster fermentations, no sulfur till bottling). This is meant to make a light, fun, and abundantly fruitful nouveau.

MISCELLANEA

Of all the disciples of Jules Chauvet, Jean Foillard is the most likely to succeed in the practice of using very little SO2, without having his wines act capriciously at the slightest change in atmospheric pressure. His wines possess magnificent body and give aromas of a unique purity and grace.

La Revue de France


There is something no-nonsense and straightforward about Foillard’s wine. It seems to say, let’s cut straight to deliciousness. Deliciousness with class. It has a wonderful texture going down. The finesse from start to finish seems almost offhanded.

Kermit Lynch


General Information

Country
France
Region
Beaujolais
Appellation(s)
Morgon, Fleurie
Producer
Jean Foillard
Founded
1981
Annual Production
2,500 cases
Farming
Organic

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