2010 Domaine Jean Foillard, Fleurie, Cru Beaujolais, France.
One of the most sought after, rare and exotic wines of the world, and yes we are talking about a Beaujolais! The wines crafted by Jean Foillard are sometimes beyond words and defy expectations, his artisan made Gamay is simply on another level, it is cliche to compare these wines with top Premier Cru and Grand Cru Cote de Nuits, but you might need to do so, it is without question they have provided goals and influenced Foillard’s wines, though we are talking about Gamay and it has it’s own character and soul, and it shows through in near perfection in Foillard’s wines. Foillard is most known for his Morgon offerings with the Cote de Py bottling being his most well known, but he does a few special selections as well including his cult like Cuvee 3.14, the Cuvee Corcelette and this black label Fleurie from a tiny parcel in the Cru, it s his most rare and unique effort, always held back an extra two years and it is his most delicate and transparent version of Gamay. I cannot praise Foillard enough for blessing us with his wine, especially this heaven sent Fleurie, it is pure joy in the glass from nose to lingering finish and sadly, as mentioned, words do not do it justice, but it is a stunningly beautiful medium weight, wine that elicits an emotional response. The 2010 Jean Foillard Fleurie is graceful and poised with subtle perfume, seamless layers and impressive length, this is remarkable and classy stuff with black cherry, walnut oil, dark plum, wild strawberry, mineral notes and saline elements with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, candied citrus and spiced flowers, finishing with a touch of framboise, truffle, blackberry and earthy herbs. This is special and lovely Gamay, one of the finest expressions of this varietal I’ve encountered and my personal favorite, even in the off years Foillard impresses and his wine age well too, drink this one from 2014 to 2022. Don’t even think about the price, don’t even think about missing this wine, this is one of the best wines in Kermit Lynch’s grand import portfolio, and certainly don’t wait as it will be gone quick.
($50 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($49.95/bt)