Jean Follard

Jean Follard Beaujolais-Villages 2022


Beaujolais-Villages 2022 is crafted from Gamay grapes sourced from vineyards with granite soils, aged 20 to 55 years, and farmed using certified organic practices. The 2022 vintage of Beaujolais-Villages offers a bright and expressive profile with aromas of fresh red fruits such as raspberries and cherries, complemented by floral notes and a hint of earthiness. The palate is lively and juicy, with a smooth texture and balanced acidity. The wine undergoes whole-cluster fermentation with indigenous yeasts, followed by aging for seven months in concrete tanks. Excellent match for burgers, pizza, and tacos.

Dry/Sweet:, Dry
Wine Type:, Red
Wine Style:, Light Red
Grapes:, Gamay
Farming:, Organic
Vintage:, 2022
Alcohol:, 13.3%
Country:, France
Region:, Beaujolais
Appellation:, Beaujolais-Villages
Bottle Size:, 750ml
Sugar level:, Low Sugar, Zero Added Sugar

Food Pairing Ideas:

Burgers, pizza, and tacos.


Producer profile

Jean Follard

Jean Foillard is a renowned natural winemaker based in Morgon, a village in the Beaujolais region of France. He took over his family's estate in 1981 and has since become one of the most respected figures in the natural wine movement. Foillard's vineyards span approximately 11 hectares, including the prestigious Côte du Py, a renowned cru known for its granitic soils.

Jean Foillard's approach to winemaking is heavily influenced by the principles of the legendary Jules Chauvet. He practices organic farming, avoiding herbicides and pesticides, and employs traditional methods in the cellar. This includes using indigenous yeasts for fermentation, whole-cluster maceration, and minimal intervention, with no fining or filtration. His wines are often aged in barrels sourced from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, enhancing their complexity and elegance.

Foillard's wines are celebrated for purity, vibrant fruit flavors, and silky texture. Notable cuvées include Morgon Côte du Py, known for its depth and minerality, and Fleurie, which offers delicate floral aromas and a spicy finish. His wines exemplify the true character of Beaujolais terroir and are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts worldwide.

Wine region

Beaujolais, France

The Beaujolais wine region, located in the eastern part of France, is an integral part of the Burgundy wine area but maintains a distinct identity due to its unique wine production methods and grape varieties. It stretches from the southern tip of Burgundy to the northern parts of Lyon, encompassing about 55 kilometers from north to south and 25 kilometers from east to west.

Beaujolais is primarily known for its use of the Gamay grape, which is relatively easy to cultivate and ripens early. The region's soils are diverse, with granite predominating in the northern areas and sedimentary rock in the south. This geological variance significantly influences the flavor profile and structure of the wines produced here.

The region is famous for Beaujolais Nouveau, a young wine released annually on the third Thursday of November. This tradition celebrates the end of the harvest. It involves the wine made with carbonic maceration, emphasizing fresh, fruity flavors without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.

Apart from Beaujolais Nouveau, the region also produces more structured and complex wines, particularly from the ten Crus of Beaujolais, named areas recognized for higher quality. These crus include Brouilly, Morgon, and Moulin-à-Vent, among others. Wines from these areas are capable of aging and evolving complexity over several years.

Beaujolais wine production is divided into three classifications: Beaujolais AOC, for wines typically light and fruity, suitable for immediate consumption; Beaujolais-Villages AOC, coming from 38 designated municipalities and offering slightly higher complexity; and the aforementioned Cru Beaujolais, from the ten specific areas known for their distinctive and more robust wines.

The Beaujolais region produces approximately 70 million liters annually, accounting for nearly half of all Gamay-based wines globally. Wine growing and production here rely heavily on traditional knowledge and practices, with many growers adhering to natural wine production methods. These practices emphasize minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery to preserve the natural expression of the grape and terroir.

Beaujolais wines are celebrated for their versatility in pairing with a wide range of foods, from light salads to hearty meat dishes. This makes them a favorite among various dining contexts, from casual to refined. The region's commitment to quality and tradition, along with its innovative approach to winemaking, continues to attract interest from wine enthusiasts worldwide.

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