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Jean FOILLARD - Morgon & Fleurie
Jean Foillard has been doing "natural" for 40 years (the field is being officially certified to organic farming, but has adopted these practices for a long time!) Which we consider to be the perfect balance between fruit and structure, Which allows its Morgon and Fleurie to be tasted young but also after "refining" long years in a good cellar.
Jean Foillard took over the small family vineyard of 8 hectares in 1981 and has since stored a unique experience. He knows his terroirs by heart and vinifies with an exemplary meticulousness and regularity: Always at low temperature, with a carbonic maceration on whole harvests to obtain brilliant aromas, fruity and velvety which are his trademark, without concession on the freshness that characterizes the greatest black gamayes with white juice. The unavoidable vine of Crus du Beaujolais, of which Morgon and Fleurie are undoubtedly among the best
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Neal Martin, juin 2014): one of the best Beaujolais producers, according to my appreciation of the complexity and unfettered deliciousness of these wines. What I like is the substance to these wines, perhaps more so than Marcel/Mathieu Lapierre's own take on Morgon. These are wines with presence and weight, matiere, packed to the rafters with fistfuls of fruit without excessive or obvious effort.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : Yay! After last year's communication breakdown when I rushed down from fellow biodynamic proponent Lalou Bize-Leroy to Jean Foillard only to find nobody there (right place, wrong day), I was pleased to meet Jean Foillard again, this time at Château Thivin where he was showing his wines with Domaine Chignard. "Foillard" itself has become the name to drop when discussing quality Beaujolais, ditto when thinking of biodynamics alongside Lapierre and Lapalu, to name but two. But Jean Foillard is certainly the most well-known and it is remarkable how his prices remain so modest given the acclaim. Long may that last. Doubtless I am hampering that ideal by lavishing praise on his latest releases from the 2014 vintage, except for the Morgon Cuvée 3.14, the 2013 being the latest release from Jean's oldest vines. This is normally held up as his crown jewel although personally I prefer his Côte du Py and La Corcelette, two brilliant expressions of Morgon from its two finest vineyards. In 2014 they are joined by a third, the so-called "Les Charmes Eponym," though this comes from purchased fruit. I have regaled Foillard's wines just like my predecessors - these are wonderful, life-affirming expressions of Beaujolais, perhaps showing a little more body than say Lapierre, with superb tension and energy. If you are still under the misguided belief that Beaujolais cannot make world class wine, then you have not tasted the wines from Jean Foillard.
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