Jean Foillard Morgon "Cuvee Corcelette" 2021 (Beaujolais, France) - [VM 91]

Jean Foillard Morgon "Cuvee Corcelette" 2021
(Beaujolais, France) - [VM 91]

Regular price $65.00 Sale price $53.97 Save $11.03

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About This Wine

This powerhouse Morgon comes from Jean Foillard, one of the OG pioneers of the natural wine movement in Beaujolais.

Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domain in 1980.  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. 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 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 35 acres. 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. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.

Vine Age: 80 years

Soil Type: Sandstone

Vineyard Area: 8.6 ha

 Traditional, whole cluster fermentation lasts from 3-4 weeks

Aged for 6-9 months in used oak barrels and one 30-hectoliter foudre

Tasting Notes:

A classic grand cru Beaujolais bottling, it gives a soft, supple wine, immediate in its pleasures. When you taste a Foillard Morgon, you know you are drinking great wine.

Ratings & Reviews:

91 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2021 Morgon Cuvee Corcelette comes from vines averaging 50 years in age, this vineyard suffering less reduction in volume than others due to the sandy soils. It is aged in used barrels for around 9 months. It has a quite compelling and complex bouquet, with raspberry and wild strawberry, rose petal and light chalky scents. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, finely chiseled and lending tension. The acidity keeps this taut, focused, and quite minerally towards the leaner-than-usual finish. There's a moderate length with fine salinity. Bon vin." - Neal Martin (May 2023)