Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980. The biggest part of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon. . These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton know as The Gang of Four, called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration.
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