Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon 'Cote du Py' Vieilles Vignes 2020
Presence! Speaks of vintage. This is blockbuster Beaujolais, closer to it's Rhone neighbour than the usual Burgundian comparisons but it carries everything with ease. Plushness to the fruit, supple tannins, ample freshness. This will last an age.
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. ‘Cote du Py’ is the most famous climat in Morgon, if not all of the Beaujolais region. The wines produced from here have an intensity not often achievable with Gamay alongside persistence and ageability. Powdery tannins and succulent acidity shape a palate with deep blue and red fruit character and definite minerality. This is an outstanding iteration.
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.