Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette 2016
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over Jean's father’s domaine 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, 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 Beaujolais to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of others available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Beaujolais is all about.
Wine AdvocateThe 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. Drink Date: 2019-2030.