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Morgon Classique Jean Foillard 2017

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One Line Description Morgon Classique Jean Foillard, natural, fleshy, complex Gamay.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country France French
Region Beaujolais, France
Producer Jean Foillard
Vintage 2017
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Gamay
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Production Detail Minimal intervention - unfiltered, unfined. But not officially certified as 'Organic' or 'Biodynamic'


Morgon Classique Jean Foillard, natural, fleshy, complex Gamay. Although not officially certified organic or biodynamic, the Morgon wine from natural producer Jean Foillard is very pure - unfiltered, unfined, unsulphured Gamay. The colour is ruby red with aromas of cherry, rhubarb and blackberry which evolve into dark chocolate. On the palate it is extremely refreshing - bright sweet fruit is complemented by a silky smooth tannin structure. This is a bottle of Beaujolais which goes to prove that it can be both accessible and bright, yet also complex and serious at the same time. Delicious.

The Jean Foillard estate has a total surface of 11 hectares next to the fabled Côte du Py hillside. Here the vineyards grow on slopes with crumbly schists soil that give Gamay a unique expression. The hill is actually an extinct volcano, with lots of different types of soils depending of the plots. Foillard now uses the minimal interventionist viticulture, but his wines are neither officially organic nor biodynamic even though he actually applies many of the rules. What’s in a name? What is more important for him, he says, is the result in the bottle, and the certifications on the labels are not his first concern. His cellar is fairly unsophisticated. He buys one-year-old casks and uses them for 10 years, with the objective of keeping the wood in the background. He also has two foudres, one of which is over forty years old.

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