Producer Spotlight: Jean Foillard ‘Côte du Py’

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A trio of Jean Foillard’s iconic Morgon ‘Côte du Py’ through the vintages of 2019, 2018 and back vintage expression of 2015.

  • Jean Foillard Morgon ‘Côte du Py’ 2015 | Gamay
  • Jean Foillard Morgon ‘Côte du Py’ 2018 | Gamay
  • Jean Foillard Morgon ‘Côte du Py’ 2019 | Gamay

Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2015

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2015

Showcasing the hallmarks of a sunny & ripe vintage with dense red & black berry flavours sitting atop an earthy sous-bois character.

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2015 represented warm and sunny growing conditions which were saved by cool nights and periodic rain throughout the growing season. It began with a sunny and dry spring followed by ideal flowering conditions. Heat spikes in the summer were alleviated by rain at the right times and diurnal relief to avoid overly heavy acidity in the wines. Harvest was an early start, beginning in the last week of August for most growers. 

Foillard’s fastidious work on the vines mitigated the at times harsh conditions where less vigilant producers produced heavy and overly rich wines. The wine wears the hallmarks of the vintage quite clearly, with an alcohol level of 14%, yet it retains a freshness and vibrant acidity without feeling heavy. A wine that is only just beginning to come into its drinking window, it will take  time to unfurl in the glass. 

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Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2018

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2018

Opulent & vivid with flavours of fresh blackberries, cherries with hints of ripe plums, cedar spices and walnuts.

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The 2018 vintage was one of two halves. It began with a cool, wet spring and early summer which gave way to a period of unbroken dry, hot weather. No rain whatsoever fell across most of Beaujolais from June 20th until after harvest, which began as early as August 28th. The majority of harvest had been completed by the end of the first week of September.

The heatwave of July and August led growers to anticipate rich, high-alcohol wines akin to the excellent but atypical 2015s. However, likely due to the reserves of groundwater accumulated prior to June 20th, the 2018s are overall fresher, with a slightly higher acidity than many of their counterparts from 2015.

Foillard’s ‘Côte du Py’ 2018 clocks in at an impressive 14.5% alcohol on the label, yet manages a balance and integration with its fruit & flavour components and retains a bright acidity. Here, flavours tend towards the darker side of the fruit spectrum without losing themselves or going into an overly ripe expression.

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Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2019

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2019

Youthful complexity with bright strawberry and candied cherry aromas, over an earthy minerality running through the palate.

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2019 again represented the wild ride of vintages which Beaujolais has been dealt recently. After a mild spring, budburst occurred early but  severe frosts hit in early April, reduced the potential crop.  As elsewhere in France, a generally cool late spring and early summer gave way to flamboyant heat in July, with temperatures cresting at 40°C in this continental climate.  The second half of August brought rain and the second major blow of the season – hail, with the southern half of the region being particularly badly affected.  For many producers, the resulting volumes were down to almost half of that from 2018. The vintage is seen as producing an overall style of freshness and balanced concentration in the wines.

Foillard’s ‘Côte du Py’ 2019 sees a more modest alcohol content of 13.5%, compared to the 14.5% of 2018. Despite its youth, it unfurls well in the glass and with a greater degree of openness and transparency comparatively against the 2018 currently.

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Description

Soon after taking over his father’s domaine in 1980, Jean Foillard set about revolutionising the world’s view of Beaujolais and its potential for wines of depth, structure and quality. Together with several other local vignerons, Jean Foillard followed the teachings of Jules Chauvet a traditionalist who opposed the commercial nature of what was happening within the region. These included the use of 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 allowed Morgon to express itself naturally; without the bubblegum and banana aromas of so many other Beaujolais available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes and mineral-laden backbone are what a real Morgon is all about.

Majority of the estate’s 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. They are amongst the most iconic slopes within Beaujolais. The vines range up to 90 years old, with the wines raised in used barrels from Burgundy. The wines are seen to have more parallels with Burgundian Pinot Noir than the commonplace ‘bubblegum’ wines of Beaujolais, with incredible aging potential as opposed to the regular vin de soif of many.

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Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2015

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2015

Showcasing the hallmarks of a sunny & ripe vintage with dense red & black berry flavours sitting atop an earthy sous-bois character.

+ Read More

2015 represented warm and sunny growing conditions which were saved by cool nights and periodic rain throughout the growing season. It began with a sunny and dry spring followed by ideal flowering conditions. Heat spikes in the summer were alleviated by rain at the right times and diurnal relief to avoid overly heavy acidity in the wines. Harvest was an early start, beginning in the last week of August for most growers. 

Foillard’s fastidious work on the vines mitigated the at times harsh conditions where less vigilant producers produced heavy and overly rich wines. The wine wears the hallmarks of the vintage quite clearly, with an alcohol level of 14%, yet it retains a freshness and vibrant acidity without feeling heavy. A wine that is only just beginning to come into its drinking window, it will take  time to unfurl in the glass. 

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Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2018

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2018

Opulent & vivid with flavours of fresh blackberries, cherries with hints of ripe plums, cedar spices and walnuts.

+ Read More

The 2018 vintage was one of two halves. It began with a cool, wet spring and early summer which gave way to a period of unbroken dry, hot weather. No rain whatsoever fell across most of Beaujolais from June 20th until after harvest, which began as early as August 28th. The majority of harvest had been completed by the end of the first week of September.

The heatwave of July and August led growers to anticipate rich, high-alcohol wines akin to the excellent but atypical 2015s. However, likely due to the reserves of groundwater accumulated prior to June 20th, the 2018s are overall fresher, with a slightly higher acidity than many of their counterparts from 2015.

Foillard’s ‘Côte du Py’ 2018 clocks in at an impressive 14.5% alcohol on the label, yet manages a balance and integration with its fruit & flavour components and retains a bright acidity. Here, flavours tend towards the darker side of the fruit spectrum without losing themselves or going into an overly ripe expression.

In stock

Jean Foillard Morgon 'Côte du Py' 2019

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2019

Youthful complexity with bright strawberry and candied cherry aromas, over an earthy minerality running through the palate.

+ Read More

2019 again represented the wild ride of vintages which Beaujolais has been dealt recently. After a mild spring, budburst occurred early but  severe frosts hit in early April, reduced the potential crop.  As elsewhere in France, a generally cool late spring and early summer gave way to flamboyant heat in July, with temperatures cresting at 40°C in this continental climate.  The second half of August brought rain and the second major blow of the season – hail, with the southern half of the region being particularly badly affected.  For many producers, the resulting volumes were down to almost half of that from 2018. The vintage is seen as producing an overall style of freshness and balanced concentration in the wines.

Foillard’s ‘Côte du Py’ 2019 sees a more modest alcohol content of 13.5%, compared to the 14.5% of 2018. Despite its youth, it unfurls well in the glass and with a greater degree of openness and transparency comparatively against the 2018 currently.

In stock

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