Gamay at Its Most Elegant: 2011 Foillard Morgon Cuvee Corcelette

Posted by Joe Salamone

Gamay at Its Most Elegant
2011 Foillard Morgon Cuvée Corcelette
Foillard's Corcelette is his most under-the-radar bottling. When it's on it's also his most elegant Morgon.

If Foillard's Côte du Py is about a certain deep meatiness and richness, Corcelette is about a more feminine grace and the aromatics that jump from the glass.

It's also always in short supply. With that in mind, we'll keep this brief and we're only offering it to people who've supported our Beaujolais program.

I'm happy to offer the Corcelette today at $34.95 per bottle.

Corcelette is among the most elegant renditions of Gamay on planet Earth - it is without peer and references the silky filigree of Chambolle-Musigny or the delineation and focus of Volnay.

The explanation for the difference between Corcelette and Côte du Py is simple: it is the soil, the terroir. (Visit Foillard - he hammers home his focus on terroir, all the wines are made the exact same way and he'll insist you taste them all, side-by-side). Here, we are dealing with very old vines (80 years old) planted in sandy soil.

Foillard is the master of Morgon. Across his range, the wines are so pure and precise. As good as they are on release, they always seem to blossom six months or so after they arrive. That's when they become irresistible. It's always a wise move to stock up because you'll find yourself draining bottles with abandon and you'll definitely want to have some in your cellar to watch evolve over the next five years.

As I mentioned in the 2011 Côte du Py offer this week, Foillard's style is really successful in the 2011 vintage. The 2011 vintage in Beaujolais has round, vibrant fruit with a nice complementing freshness. If you think about a cross of 2009 and 2010, you get a fairly accurate picture.

That's really it. Foillard is just an incredible winemaker delivering wines of transparency, fascination and joy.

Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best. As it's the weekend and we're buried beneath a blanket of snow, you may not hear back from us until Monday.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits