Jean Foillard ‘Cote du Py’ 2007 (Morgon, Beaujolais, France)
This wine is, without a doubt, as far removed from typical Beaujolais as you are likely to encounter. Instead, consider this to be more closely aligned with a light & fragrant Burgundy than anything else. What makes this wine even more unique is that it is made without additions of any kind. Not even sulphur dioxide. Indeed, it is about as ‘natural’ as you can get. And it tastes gloriously unique.
The colour is particularly dark given its humble Gamay origins, again more Burgundian ruby red, with a reasonable depth to it. It’s also cloudy & my glass come with some floaty bits – just to emphasise how absolutely natural it is.
On the nose, this is brimming with life. Perfumed sweet, ripe redcurrant, a twist of licorice, and something earthy and ferruginous in there too. Very fresh indeed (who needs sulphur? Though will it age?).
The palate is similarly perfumed, curranty & intensely pure, with quite high acidity & proper grape tannins on the tail. It feels very young, and finishes slightly bitter, but there is no hiding the absolute beguiling, crystalline red fruit character.
Extremely impressive advert for the natural wine movement. 18.0