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December Thirst Club: Jean Foillard Beaujolais Village, 2016

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One of the benefits of having a special relationship with Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants here at Dedalus, is the fact that we get to try wines before anyone else. The Beaujolais Villages from Jean Foillard is one of those wines. This is the first vintage ever for this particular wine, and we are fortunate to get enough to share with you for wine club. If you haven’t tried Foillard’s wines, you are truly in for a treat as this wine is the perfect introduction to a master winemaker.


The Beaujolais Villages comes from 20-55 years old vines, and is grown in granite soils. It undergoes traditional, whole cluster fermentation and is then aged for 7 months in concrete tanks. The result is a delightfully fresh, yet complex wine. The nose is full of bright cherry, raspberry and violet. The palate is full wild cherry, black currant, and a touch of rustic mineral stone all balanced by a belt of beautiful acidic tension. The creamy Harbison wheel from Jasper Hill farms or their delicious Alpha Tolman would make excellent cheese companions for the holidays. Or, pair it up with our recipe for Quick Cider Brined Pork Chops with Whole Seed Mustard from the Dedalus Pantry.


Jean Foillard, along with Guy Breton, Marcel Lapierre and Jean-Paul Thevenet, comprise what Kermit Lynch calls “The Gang of Four.” These four are responsible for starting a movement in Beaujolais by bringing back old world practices of minimal intervention and organic farming, while defying the corporate forces that sought to commercialize Beaujolais wine. Jean starts with old vines, never uses any herbicides or pesticides, only uses the best hand-picked grapes, and allows the wine to express itself naturally. The result is a deeply structured and complex line-up of wines we here at Dedalus have come to cherish.

Foillard Beaujolais Villages 2016 - $22.99/btl

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