Morgon's Master: 2017 Foillard Morgon Corcelette & Eponym

Posted by Joe Salamone

Jean Foillard is one of the greats of Beaujolais. He also has an incredible knack for capturing terroir.

Today's offer drives that point home.

When you taste with Foillard, he makes it a point to give you a glass for each wine to taste them side-by-side and to emphasize that they're all made in exactly the same way. The difference jumps out at you.

Today, we're excited to present two shining examples of just how sensitive Foillard's winemaking is - the 2017 Morgon Corcelette and Eponym.

Corcelette shows the more feminine, delicate side of Morgon. Corcelette originates from 80-year-old vines, planted in sandy soil. This is Gamay cast in silk with a shimmering presentation of bright red fruits, flowers and ultra-clear stony minerality.

The Eponym bottling debuted in 2013. Eponym is sourced from a tiny parcel in Les Charmes. If Côte du Py is rich and wild-cherry-accented and Corcelette has a silky delicacy, Eponym is intricate, darker-fruited and tense. All Foillards have an amazing textural intrigue, but here you get a minerality that's profoundly tactile. We love the wine's energetic mineral streak and nuanced floral notes.

The 2017 vintage was less extreme than 2015 and 2009, but the vintage is a relatively ripe one. Thinking of it as a cross between 2014 and 2015 is helpful. Foillard's 2017 Morgon has an unusual amount of presence and depth while still being seriously gulpable. Both of the Corcelette and Eponym are gorgeous in this vintage.

I'll wrap this up. Foillard is one of the legends of Beaujolais. We strongly suggest that you take advantage of special mixed 6-pack pricing, because you'll want to return to both very often.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits