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2015 Morgon “Les Charmes” Eponym’

Jean Foillard

2015 Morgon “Les Charmes” Eponym’ Jean Foillard - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Among the highest in altitude of Morgon’s climats, Les Charmes provides an excellent stylistic contrast to the silky delight of Corcelette and Côte du Py’s regal, profound granitic poise.
    True to its name, Charmes is a bright, lively Morgon evoking little wild red berries backed by a mouth-watering acidity and a stimulating mineral bite. Given the Foillard treatment, of course—organic farming plus a traditional whole-cluster fermentation with native yeast, aging in neutral wood, and unfiltered bottling with a minimal SO2 dose—this vineyard yields a wine true to its terroir. You’ll find Foillard’s trademark texture, that feeling of utter purity and sexiness when granite stone meets liquid velvet.
    Charmes drinks superbly today and should cellar well over the next five years. Don’t miss this delicious new interpretation of Morgon from one of the best in the business.

Anthony Lynch

$44.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gamay
Appellation: Morgon
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Jean Foillard
Winemaker: Jean Foillard
Vineyard: 45 - 50 years; 1.5 ha total
Soil: Schist, Granite, Manganese
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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About Beaujolais

After years of the region’s reputation being co-opted by mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau and the prevalence of industrial farming, the fortunes of vignerons from the Beaujolais have been on the rise in the past couple of decades. Much of this change is due to Jules Chauvet, a prominent Beaujolais producer who Kermit worked with in the 1980s and arguably the father of the natural wine movement, who advocated not using herbicides or pesticides in vineyards, not chaptalizing, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and vinifying without SO2. Chief among Chauvet’s followers was Marcel Lapierre and his three friends, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—a group of Morgon producers who Kermit dubbed “the Gang of Four.” The espousal of Chauvet’s methods led to a dramatic change in quality of wines from Beaujolais and with that an increased interest and appreciation for the AOC crus, Villages, and regular Beaujolais bottlings.

The crus of Beaujolais are interpreted through the Gamay grape and each illuminate the variety of great terroirs available in the region. Distinguishing itself from the clay and limestone of Burgundy, Beaujolais soils are predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of blue volcanic rock. The primary vinification method is carbonic maceration, where grapes are not crushed, but instead whole clusters are placed in a tank, thus allowing fermentation to take place inside each grape berry.

Much like the easy-going and friendly nature of many Beaujolais vignerons, the wines too have a lively and easy-drinking spirit. They are versatile at table but make particularly good matches with the local pork sausages and charcuterie. Though often considered a wine that must be drunk young, many of the top crus offer great aging potential.

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