Jean Foillard and the Foillard Cote du Py are icons of French wine. From 1985 he followed Marcel Lapierre and Jules Chauvet into the depth of ‘natural’ Beaujolais. The wines are compelling but worthy of time in the cellar. Don’t think, just buy, the Foillard Cote du Py never hangs around for long. Kermit Lynch’s profile on Foillard.
Jean Foillard Cote du Py Morgon 2018 Wine Review
“The 2018 Morgon Côte du Py is showing very nicely, offering up a classy bouquet of raspberries and plums, mingled with hints of orange rind, violet and cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, with a fleshy but elegantly understated core and an expansive finish. Impressively integrated—indeed, it was only after spending half an hour with the bottle that I noticed that it’s labeled at 14.5% alcohol—with powdery tannins and succulent balancing acids, it’s another fine rendition of this iconic cuvée.” 94/100 William Kelley End of May 2020, The Wine Advocate
This is the closest to Moulin-a-Vent in terms of weight and structure, and it can age nearly as well. It has a firm minerality, thanks chiefly to its granitic soils, and a fruit profile that shades towards orange.
Considered one of the great sites for Beaujolais. The slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon featuring granite and schist soils sitting on an alluvial fan that imparts great complexity. Côte du Py has upwards of 100 growers sharing it. Therefore you get a great chance to try many examples.
Most famous for aromatic, light of body, high acid reds made from the Gamay variety. There is a Burgundian sensibility on Rhone soil types which makes for an interesting style. The quality wines are refreshingly tart with aromatic complexity and enough fruit weight to balance out the tartness. You do have the option of cellaring your quality Beaujolais but often it is not required. The best wines are in the 10 Crus of the region with the lesser appellations being akin to an ocean in more ways than one. Whites from Chardonnay are available but hard to find.
Grown in the French regions of Beaujolais and Loire Valley. It is early budding, high cropping, aromatic and high acid. Once outlawed from Burgundy by Duke Philippe the Bold for being disloyal. But has no doubt made up for that with honourable service. The best wines from Gamay can be Burgundian in flavour and well worth seeking out. Often they are exceptionally good value too.