Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon 'Athanor' 2015
The 2015 version of the famous 3.14 - this was so atypical that Foillard has bottled in under Athanor. Brooding, muscular and built to last.
Jean Foillard produces his most acclaimed wine 3.14 in exceptional vintages. 2015 proved such high quality, yet so atypical that it was given its own name - Athanor. Produced from ancient vines from within the Côte du Py lieu-dit, this is a wine of depth and insane fruit purity and in the case of the 2015 vintage incredible power and age ability. The Foillard Morgons are already some of the most age worthy wines of Beaujolais, and Athanor has surely taken the cake. Foillard never fails to achieve sublime texture, minerality and precision with his wines, and Athanor is no exception.
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.