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Morgon “Côte du Py”


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Producer: Domaine Jean Foillard
Vintage: 2020
Alcohol: 14.0%

Colour: Dark Ruby
Nose: Cherry, Rhubarb
Palate: Chocolate, Silky Tannin

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The Foillard’s house is in Villié-Morgon, close to the famed Côte du Py climate. When Jean bought the farm, it was incomplete disrepair; he began working in viticulture and wine in 1982, first on the family estate, then renting and buying vineyards. Today his estate has a total surface of 11 hectares. The fabled Côte du Py is a climate of the Morgon Appellation where the vineyards grow on slopes with crumbly schists soil that give Gamay a unique expression. The hill is actually an extinct volcano, with lots of different types of soils depending of the plots. Foillard now uses the minimal interventionist viticulture, but his wines are neither officially organic nor biodynamic even though he actually applies many of the rules.


The colour is on the dark side of cloudy ruby red, whilst aromas boom happily out of the glass, nota-bly kirsch, rhubarb and sweet blackberries; there’s a more fugitive bouquet of warm earth, stones and dried spice evolving into dark chocolate and cinnamon. It is extremely refreshing, bright sweet fruit is complemented by a smooth, silky tannic structure, somehow immediate and pleasing yet subtle and complex.

The wine pairs brilliantly with a pâté to start, or roast duck turned into rillettes, then luscious braised beef stew, or a juicy lamb or beef burger.

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