2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Cote de Py

Year: 2015
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%


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"The 2015 Morgon Côte du Py has much more complexity and harmony on the nose with redcurrant, cranberry and blackcurrant leaf aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, ripe and harmonious with juicy raspberry and cranberry notes lining the finish. This is a very impressive Beaujolais as you would expect, although I would give it a year, perhaps two, in bottle because the true quality of Côte du Py only really becomes evident in the glass with a modicum of bottle age.

Jean Foillard was away from the domaine when I visited. Readers should refer to my introduction with respect to his son, Alexandre. Needless to say, these are extremely well crafted, low-intervention wines using minimal SO2, used barrels and no fining or filtration. All that is irrelevant if the wine does not taste good, and Foillard's wines have tasted brilliantly for many years, as attested by a stunning 2004 Morgon Côte du Py that would surpass many a hi-falutin Côte de Nuits!" (WA)

"Deep vivid ruby. Mineral-accented blackberry, cherry and licorice aromas are complemented by a sexy floral nuance that gains strength with aeration. Juicy and concentrated yet lively as well, offering intense red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that are supported and sharpened by a spine of zesty acidity. Sappy, appealingly sweet and extremely long on the finish, which features lingering dark berry and spicecake qualities and smooth tannins." (VM)

"Gorgeous aromas of stems and spices with crushed berries and beautiful florals. Coffee beans and charcoal, too. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and lovely caressing fruit. Very long and delicious. Made from organic grapes. Very drinkable now but better in a year or two." (JS)

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.