2015 Jean Foillard 'Cuvee Corcelette', Morgon, Beaujolais, France
For this week's installment of Let's Talk Wine we are traveling to Beaujolais France for a classic Turkey Day wine pairing. This is not the Beaujolais Nouveau wine you might remember growing up, this is world Class 'Cru' Beaujolais. Morgon is the name of the village and is one of ten Cru Beaujolais which is known as the best in the region. The Village of Morgon is typified by an earthier character that can take on a Burgundian profile. These wines are made from the Gamay grape and are generally the deepest in color and the richest Cru with aromas of tart red cherry and wild strawberry.
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domain in 1980. Most of their vineyards are planted on the famous Côte du Py site; the famed slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon.
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 joined in on the movement. They 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, 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. It’s rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about.
SoDel Concepts is the ONLY restaurant group in the state of Delaware that currently has this wine and you can only buy it by the bottle at Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar in Rehoboth. It pairs great with the crab imperial shrimp, seafood stew, and the lobster cavatappi. Bluecoast Rehoboth is the local fish house with a sophisticated edge located off route one in front of the Fresh Market in the Rehoboth Gateway.