From Kermit Lynch:
"Every year I could tell that it pained Jean Foillard to make Nouveau for us because he had to shorten his normal vinification so much and never had the liberty to take the wine as far as he wanted to. So we hatched a plan: he would take those grapes, and source some other grapes from the top granite hillside terroirs of the Beaujolais-Villages appellation, and take his time and make us a wine that we could sell year round instead of for just a few months. He embraced the idea, to the point that he is investing in the vineyards himself to secure future supply and be able to farm them himself. This inaugural vintage was sourced from 6 different communes. Classic Foillard vinification: 100% whole cluster in cement cuve with zero sulfur. Wine is raised in cement and sees no wood. Bottled unfiltered." --Dixon Brooke
Most of Foillard's Nouveau production has been shifted to this wine. We are no longer importing the Nouveau.
Several different parcels go into this cuvee, of several different vine ages, from 20 to 55 years old. 35 y/o very approximate average
Parcels are found in the following villages : Villié-Morgon, Lancié, Saint-Amour and St-Etienne-La-Varenne
granite (with different variations on granite depending on parcel)
Are these certified organic vines? If not, what is the farming type?
Some of the parcels are owned by the Foillards. Some are owned and farmed by others, and Foillard purchases the grapes. The parcels owned by Foillard are certified organic. The parcels owned by others are not certified but are worked 100% organically as per agreement / contracts between Foillard and growers.
Does Jean own the vines?
see above. rougly half and half.
Manual harvest? - indeed
How long does fermentation last? - 15 days
In what type of tank is fermentation done? - concrete tank
How is elevage done, and for how long? - 7 month elevage in concrete tank
Is there a filtration or fining? - light filtration, no fining
Is there bottle aging before release? - not intentionally. Just a couple of months for the time to get labels, prep orders, ship out etc...