When Corcelette is on, it's one of the most beguiling bottles of Beaujolais around.
Foillard’s Côte du Py has long served as his flagship, but since acquiring Corcelette not so long ago, the wine has served as the perfect counterpoint to the Côte du Py. In 2015, the dividing line is drawn in stark relief.
His Côte du Py is one of the monuments of Morgon. It is a powerhouse, deep and meaty with a certain sternness and structure – drink it with a fork and knife. In contrast, Corcelette is among the most elegant renditions of Gamay on planet earth.
Corcellette shows Morgon’s more feminine, delicate side with incredible suppleness and a racy softness that still has plenty of vigor and snap (it’s just cloaked in satin).
It is because of the soil and the terroir - visit Foillard and he will hammer 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 80-year-old vines, planted in sandy soil. The aromatics soar and the texture is silky and fine.
In 2015, Corcelette flaunts its intricacy and levity. The general profile of the 2015 Beaujolais vintage tends towards dark and powerful. But the 2015 Corcelette reminds you that 2015 also possesses brightness and an invigorating backbone. There's a freshness that makes the wine's complexity really pop.
Foillard is the master of Morgon, delivering wines of transparency, fascination and joy. I can't imagine Foillard not being a core pillar of the Beaujolais program here. The quality, the sheer deliciousness that he delivers, and the purity are simply extraordinary.
Unlike the Côte du Py, we don't have a large amount of the Corcelette. Slotting it for primetime was impossible, so here it is on a Saturday. Still, Foillard always seems to disappear, especially when it's sharply priced.
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2015 Foillard Morgon Corcelette