Yeah baby!! I’ve struggled with Beaujolais lately but this 2021 is exactly as advertised. Everything is in place, nothing is missing, nothing extra in there, just pure deliciousness. Time to back up the truck!
2021 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (16.5.2023)
The nose is rather comforting and familiar. There is primary, ripe-ish raspberry fruit along with some VA, wet rock and a tart hint of cranberry. It is somewhat reductive but not overly so. On the palate it is fruity, juicy and low in weight with very uplifting acidity. It doesn’t necessarily taste like a proper cool vintage wine from the yester year as it definitely has some density but it is positively crunchy with no Grenache-ness to it. In fact there is a wonderful minerally sensation towards the finish that I find immensely pleasing and it is also savory while very clean at the same time (meaning the VA does not play a big role). The mouth-puckering finish is just great, setting one up to take the next sip very quickly. There is nothing I don’t like about this, I would love to own a case or three.
Sweet, haven’t had Corcelette in a while but I’m a fan of the bottling for sure. I was just thinking of getting the Fleurie to try when I more of this vintage, haven’t tried it before. The EU pricing continues to be extremely fair for these wines.
One of my all-time favorites. Actually quite enjoyed the '20 at 14% alc. even though it was riper – still very elegant.
But the '21 is classic, and this bottling from Foillard is tough to beat in a vintage like this. Bought 12x magnums of the '21 (all Envoyer could source) and half a case of 750s to serve at my wedding in September.
I bought 3 bottles on release and one of them has a sticker that says “Open in 2023”
I think that Foillard’s Cote du Py classic vintages like '11 and '14 show exceptionally well at age 4-5 and apparently '19 is one of those.
Was in my local liquor store here in Boston the other day and stumbled on the 2018 vintage of this wine. Remembering I had seen this thread, I decided to give it a try. It was very nice, and I think I’d like it even more in a slightly less ripe vintage. I was surprised to see some notes on CT referencing mousiness in other vintages of this bottling–I associate that more with those orange wines rather than obviously well-made Beaujolais.
My note on the 2018:
2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (5/19/2023)
This was a really pleasant introduction to Foillard's wines for me. Right on opening I was hit with raspberry liqueur, cherries, and just a little sweet earthy funk that in French I'd call "une touche animale." Some flowers and spices came out more with ~90 minutes of air. The red-fruited palate was plush and generous, which I assume is the 2018 vintage making itself felt. The back end of the palate was distinctly chalky, the fine tannins eventually suggesting this wine has more to give with some cellar time.
All in all, this bottle straddled "lush" and "fresh" rather well. The nose especially reminded me more of Burgundy than other Beaujolais wines I've had.
2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (12.5.2021)
Pretty classic and expressive on the nose. Ripe yet tangy cherry-driven fruit dominates but more importantly it is markedly earthy with a hint of barnyard. The palate is where it gets interesting, in both good and bad. At first clumsy and disjointed, after half an hour very balanced and tasty, and then 1.5 hours later it is getting close to a point where some might find it borderline faulty (ethyl acetate). That aside it is richer than expected but not overtly so. It sports a very good structure with slight tannic grip and lifting acidity. A lot of good qualities to be found, but without a doubt it peaked quickly and then started to go downhill.