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Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2018  - First Bottle


96 James Suckling -
This is opulent and vivid with loads of fresh blackberries and black cherries and hints of cedar and walnuts. Plums, too. So perfumed and flavorful, yet it remains fresh and creamy-textured with a long, persistent finish. A beauty. One of the best wines I have ever had from here. Drink now or hold.
95 Decanter -
One of the superstars of Morgon, Jean Foillard took over at the estate in 1980. Along with Marcel Lapierre and Jean-Paul Thevenet, the philosophy here is minimal intervention, late harvesting, ultra-rigorous grape selection and minimal sulphur usage. This wonderful Côte du Py does not disappoint with sweet dark fruit, all perfectly balanced by acidity, mineral notes on the palate, ultra-refined oak and a spicy, exotic finish. A very fine wine, able to compete with top Premier Cru Côte d'Or wines. Drinking Window 2021 - 2028.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Morgon Côte du Py is showing very nicely, offering up a classy bouquet of raspberries and plums, mingled with hints of orange rind, violet and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, with a fleshy but elegantly understated core and an expansive finish. Impressively integrated—indeed, it was only after spending half an hour with the bottle that I noticed that it's labeled at 14.5% alcohol—with powdery tannins and succulent balancing acids, it's another fine rendition of this iconic cuvée.

Technical Details

  • BlendGamay
  • WinemakerJean Foillard
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBeaujolais
  • AppellationMorgon
  • VineyardCote du Py
  • Alcohol14.5%

Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py 2018

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If you love Morgon, you’ll already be all over this! But, if you are looking for your cru Beaujolais EPIPHANY, this would absolutely be the starting place. 96 points (and plenty more) and a wine that will transport you elsewhere! Dark, minerally, serious and yet...playful. Just fantastic. You’ll be hooked!

Cote du Py, the highest elevation site in Morgon on rare and ancient blue granite soils, creates some one of the most famous and cherished Beaujolais in the world, in very large part because of the work of vignerons like Jean Foillard. Together with Lapierre, Thévenet, and Breton, they have single-handedly elevated the status of the once looked down upon category, and vaulted it onto the world stage. While the term “natural wine” is loaded with all kinds of associations and misnomers, Foillard embodies the true spirit of the term, and makes wines using organic farming and minimal sulphur use that are clean, stable, and absolutely stunning examples of what Morgon can be.

ONLY 25 CASES! Happy Friday!

PAIRING IDEAS: A rustic dish is called for here! Get some great sausages (fresh if possible, not precooked, whatever kind you love), grill them up with onions and peppers, and serve with a plate of beans and some greens, like kale or chard. So good!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: This calls for some Django Reinhardt to put you in the mood - playful, yet serious. I prefer to hear him alongside the great Stephane Grappelli in the classic “Minor Swing” for this one. Friday vibes, for sure!

About the Producer

Most of the estate vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed ancient granite slope outside the town of Morgon and the crown jewel of all of Beaujolais. 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 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. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.