A Delicate and Lively Natural BeaujolaisJean Foillard, situated just outside the town of Villie-Morgon in the Beaujolais region, was founded by Jean and Agnes Foillard in 1981, when they took over their father's domain. The estate has expanded to cover almost 14 hectares of vines, planted, for the most part, in the distinguished Morgon cru appellation. This terroir is characterized by granite, schist and sandstone soils, which lend outstanding complexity to the wines made there. In following the teachings of traditionalist Jules Chauvet, Jean joined 3 other winemakers of the area in a movement whose aim is to return to older practices of viticulture and vinification. These practices include the cultivation of older vines, avoiding the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides, minimizing the quantity of sulfur dioxide added, using exclusively old (2 years old, minimum) Burgundian barrels and not filtering wines before they are bottled. The wines of Jean Foillard are rustic and spicy, without the typical banana and bubble-gum qualities associated with Beaujoulais. The Morgon Corcelette 2016 by Jean Foillard is a single-varietal Gamay from 80-year-old vines farmed organically on the outstanding plots of Morgon. The terroir here is characterized by a sandstone soil. Following a selective harvest by hand, the grapes ferment in whole clusters for 3-4 weeks. The wine is matured 6-9 months in used oak barrels and one 30-hectoliter foudre. The wines are not filtered before bottling.
The Morgon Corcelette 2016 by Jean Foillard is considered the more delicate counterpart of the estate's flagship Cote du Py. This natural Beaujolais Gamay is very fruity on the nose, with plenty of bright red fruits (stawberry and raspberry) coming forth, along with flowers (mostly violet) and a clear stony minerality. On the palate, this wine is very supple and elegant, with a deep mineral core and a finish marked by lively citrus fruit (orange zest).
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Morgon Cuvee Corcelette was taken from barrel, and Alexandre Foillard told me that it is an approximation of the final blend. There is certainly plenty of fruit here: strawberry pastilles and raspberry, a simmering sense of exuberance. The palate is already supple in the mouth, well balanced with a live-wire, citrus-fresh, orange zest finish. Maybe it is too early to tell at this stage, although I do think that the challenges of the growing season might end up shaving away a little from final quality compared to other vintages. That should not detract this from becoming a very fine Corcelette.