The Wine Wire- Beaujolais from a Master.

It is unusual in the opinionated and strong-willed world of wine that one name commands immediate respect and admiration, yet Jean Foillard is one such revered name.  As quality levels in Beaujolais continue to sky-rocket, and winemaking becomes more thoughtful,  there is no question that this region has risen above the scourge of cheap, banana-infested offerings that seemed to dominate store shelves in the 1980s and 1990s.

Thirty three years ago, Jean inherited his Father’s vineyards and strove immediately to remedy the health of the soils and vines. Not only is the Domaine blessed with some of the best real estate in Morgon (on the famed hillside known as Côte du Py, home to the highest elevation in all of  Beaujolais) but also a plethora of older vines. He makes 3 distinct cuveés from the Cru of Morgon: Courcelette (from 80 year old vines planted in Schiste soils) Côte du Py (the aforementioned hillside) and 3.14 from 100+ year old vines planted on Granite, Manganese & Schiste). We get a small amount of these every year and the sell out pretty quickly. The wines are always tender, elegant, structured, lovely and incredibly age-worthy, although we won’t fault you if you drink them young!

 

2011 Foillard Morgon ‘Courcelette’ $38.99

2011 Foillard Morgon ‘Côte du Py’ $38.99

2009 Foillard Morgon ‘3.14’ $64.99

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