Andrew Guard

2018 Brouilly, Alex Foillard

Alex Foillard’s Brouilly comes from the aptly named 'La Folie' (Madness), a steep vineyard just above Reverdon. The general rule is that Brouilly is the Côte de Brouilly’s slightly softer, more sensuous sibling and Foillard’s is a glorious example. Alex picked relatively early and has produced two 2018 wines that go against the norm of a vintage that produced some quite burly wines. Tasting these in Angers earlier this year I was struck buy the luminous but not opaque colour, the gloriously fragrant aromas of strawberries, cherries and cold wet stones and their lithe and delicate mouthfeel. These were very delicious, wines to drink with gusto and that tickle the senses. The bloodline is strong and this is quite superb!

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 !

Jean doesn’t need much of an introduction. His Côte du Py is as pure and captivating as Beaujolais gets. One of the iconic wines of contemporary France