Jean Foillard Beaujolais Morgon Eponyme




Jean Foillard Morgon Eponym (organic and biodynamic)

This powerhouse Morgon comes from Jean Foillard, one of the OG pioneers of the natural wine movement in Beaujolais.

Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domain in 1980.  Most of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon, and the pride of Morgon. These granite and schist soils sit on an alluvial fan at the highest point above the town and impart great complexity.

However, great real estate is not the only key to Foillard’s success. Early on, Jean began to follow the teachings of Jules Chauvet, a traditionalist who defied everything that the more commercial brands were touting in the region. Jean and three other local vignerons, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton, soon joined in on the movement.

This Gang of Four called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and refusing both chaptalization and filtration. The end result allows Morgon to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of so many other Beaujolais available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about.

This estate comprises nearly 35 acres. Foillard’s Morgons are deep, structured, and complex, with a velvety lushness that makes them irresistible when young despite their aging potential. Jean raises his wines in older barrels sourced from top estates in Burgundy, a logical decision for someone crafting Gamay in a Burgundian style. It is the passion and dedication of vignerons like this that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.

Eponym is sourced from a tiny parcel in Les Charmes. 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. Fruit for this earthy wine comes from 45 to 50-year-old organically farmed vines and is vinified whole cluster. Silky, sultry, and undeniably versatile on the table, this wine will always remain a top pick from Morgon.

94 points James Suckling:  A solid, structured red, showing black cherry, granite with light rust and mineral undertones. It’s full-bodied with a savory, juicy palate that turns lightly tannic and tensioned.

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