2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette

Year: 2016
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Vinous Media: 94
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"The 2016 Morgon Cuvee Corcelette was taken from barrel, and Alexandre Foillard told me that it is an approximation of the final blend. There is certainly plenty of fruit here: strawberry pastilles and raspberry, a simmering sense of exuberance. The palate is already supple in the mouth, well balanced with a live-wire, citrus-fresh, orange zest finish. Maybe it is too early to tell at this stage, although I do think that the challenges of the growing season might end up shaving away a little from final quality compared to other vintages. That should not detract this from becoming a very fine Corcelette." (WA)

"Vivid ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented red fruit liqueur aromas are complemented by hints of candied lavender, five-spice powder and incense. Silky, pliant and appealingly sweet, offering palate-caressing raspberry and cherry compote flavors given lift and focus by a core of smoky minerality. In a pure, energetic style, showing excellent finishing thrust, harmonious tannins and lingering stoniness." (VM)

"Very explosive aromas of fresh strawberries and red cherries. Some floral notes, too. A really mouthwatering wine here. A very juicy palate with plush strawberries and raspberries as well as pastry-like tannins. Absolutely drinkable now, but it will also age well given the chance. Drink or hold." (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.