The Foillard family have become a bit like family over the years, I first visited them in 2007 and Alex was then a teenager, helping in the vines and the winery. In 2014 he came to Australia to stay with us for a year to learn English and experience a different culture; he fit right in both in Sydney and Melbourne and has made many friendships. He’s easygoing and has a good sense of humour, doesn’t mind a drink either !
I was very happy to hear from him that he’d found some great land in Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly and he made his first wines in 2016 – I knew they would be good and they are superb. We got a small amount earlier in the year and it went in five minutes so I asked if he may have some more for us, happily he obliged with a bit more Brouilly, my favourite of the 2016 wines.
Yes, Alex Foillard is from “that” Foillard family and while his day job is assisting his father Jean, with their well-known estate, he now has his own vines at Côte-de-Brouilly (one hectare) and Brouilly (half a hectare), 2016 is his first vintage. Unsurprisingly, both wines show the hallmark depth and finesse for which his father is famed, making this small domain, already, an excellent source for top-notch Beaujolais. Like his father, Alex, a graduate of Beaune’s Lycée Viticole, is deadly serious and focused well beyond his 25 years. He makes his wines via carbonic maceration, with native yeasts, no added enzymes, aging in concrete tanks and neutral oak barrels, followed by no fining or filtration before bottling. Needless to say, this is a domain to follow!
From 2016 Beaujolais: Hail, Yes (Mar 2018) by Josh Raynolds