Pioneers of natural winemaking in Beaujolais, Jean and Agnes Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980. This estate comprises nearly fourteen hectares of Gamay planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon. Foillard’s wines are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises them in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. 2016 marks the domaine’s first Villages bottling, and it doesn’t disappoint. Vibrantly and aromatic with rose petals and bright cherry, this is a red fruited charmer best served alongside smoked fish and game birds, or paired with vegetarian dishes, picnic salads and nutty grains.