2010 Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon “Cuvee Corcelette” Cru Beaujolais, France.
For those that had the patience not to drink every bottle of Foillard they saw, the reward is great as the 2010 vintage is now starting to really hit form, and while the 2009 was considered the greatest vintage ever for Beaujolais, in fact this 2010 is almost it’s equal. Without question Jean Foillard makes some of the most sublime wines anywhere regardless of vintage, but the 2009’s were ripely exotic Gamay beyond comparison, even though I am in awe of how the 2010 are drinking now. In early tastings these Cru Beaujolais were crisp, tight and much less hedonistic leading some disappointment, but now these wines have gained in every way, developing depth, texture and length making them more balanced and complex, especially this 2010 Foillard “Cuvee Corcelette” that is now mind-blowing in total pleasure it delivers, and it should get even better in another couple years in the cellar. Foillard’s Morgons are masterpieces and drink on par with Burgundy greats, with delicacy, elegance and subtle richness that make them tributes to the unheralded Gamay grape. The nose has a mix of floral perfumes, baking spices, walnut shells and wild strawberries while much of the same flows on to the palate with silky grace along with fresh plums, black cherry, sweet red peach and lavender oil finishing with lingering strawberry liqueur. This wine still has freshness and lifting acidity that adds lots of life and heightens the whole experience, pure joy awaits those that drink this beauty.
($40-42 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($36.00) imported by Kermit Lynch