2015 Jean Foillard Fleurie

Year: 2015
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2015 Fleurie has a generous, open-knit bouquet with mineral-driven red cherries, fennel and blackcurrant leaf aromas. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin. It feels very fresh in the mouth with just a hint of menthol furnishing the harmonious finish. It represents one of the most delicious offerings from Alexandre Foillard at the moment.

Foillard...you know that name... Jean Foillard, Alexandre's father, has been one of the go-to Beaujolais growers and perhaps, alongside Lapierre, the most prominent to have embraced biodynamie. Therefore, it is no surprise to find that his son has adopted the same tenets towards winemaking as he embarks on his own venture, with Steiner's tenets towards winemaking running through his blood (likewise tobacco...surely a biodynamic winemaker should not be addicted to something so full of nasty chemicals?). This was the first time I had met him, and he came across as confident, forthright in opinions but clearly knowledgeable having gained valuable experience working overseas. He told me that he farms vines in Fleurie, but in 2016 it was destroyed by hail, even damaging the trunks. At the time of writing, just days after hail decimated Fleurie once again on 10 July, I fear that he may have been hit twice in a row—I am keeping my fingers crossed that he has not endured a double baptism of fire. His own label is currently vinified at his father's winery, although he told me he is seeking his own cellar space in due course. He is certainly a name to watch out for in the future and having apprenticed in other countries, he has good grounding for the future." (WA)

"A vibrant, elegant wine that is quite open. Violets and crushed blueberries, as well as raspberries and wild cherries with iodine and hints of graphite. The palate has a very energetic and supple feel. The refined tannins have an almost chalky texture. Sapid, ripe and fresh. Drink or hold. " (VM)

Winery Notes:
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980, and soon thereafter began to make Kermit Lynch customers very happy. The biggest part of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon. These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity. However, great real estate is not the only key to Foillard’s success. 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. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement. This Gang of Four, as Kermit christened them, 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. The end result allows Morgon to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of so many other Beaujolais available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about.

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 aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. Would that all Burgundies were as consistent as Foillard’s Morgon! It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.

Morgon “Cuvée Les Charmes” is sourced exclusively from the Les Charmes climate within the Côte du Py