Fleshy, deep fruited and lightly herbal with refreshing acidity and powdery tannins.
One of the premier producers in Beaujolais, whose wines have reached cult status in the natural wine world. The Morgon Cru typically produces some of the fullest and most structured wines of Beaujolais. This is fleshy, deep fruited and lightly herbal in nature allied with refreshing acidity and powdery tannin structure. An outstanding wine from a top producer which will develop nicely over the coming years.
Producer: Jean Foillard
Region/Country: Morgon, Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Organic farming, natural winemaking. Maturation in old foudre, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Style: Fresh, pure and vibrant. Fruity and herbal.
Pairing Suggestion: Game and poultry dishes
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
Domaine Jean Foillard
Most of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region. This estate comprises nearly fourteen hectares. Foillard’s Morgons are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their ageing potential.