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2015 Morgon Côte du Py Foillard

"This is...very impressive..."; and we agree!

I lunched with a client in London the other day at a restaurant that, whilst not exactly brand, shiny-new, has rapidly become something of a haven for the wine lovers of Capital City. On the rather bohemian-feeling Lamb's Conduit Street not far from Great Ormond Street Hospital in Bloomsbury, Noble Rot is a bistro-style establishment with a weighty and cleverly assembled wine list.

I have no link to Noble Rot whatsoever, but can relate that my snails starter was meaty, earthy and delicious and my main course of pork belly was brilliantly rendered, firm and juicy. Do go if out-and-about in Capital City with a hunger for interesting, tasty food and a thirst for vinous experimentation.

Over lunch we drank a red wine that provided one of those proper "mmm" moments: a sexy red of a certain lushness that nevertheless offered quite sufficient stimulation for the cranium, too.

And my spidey sense started to tingle. Surely I had tasted this wine recently at a trade event. Sure enough, a look at my tasting book on my return home revealed that I had indeed sampled the same hooch at a Bristol wine tasting but a fortnight ago.

At that time I had filed it under "must secure stock for an offer". A trawl through my Outlook told me that, in a moment of supreme clarity, I had requested details of price and availability from the importer.

All this is by way of saying I require this wine in my own portfolio. And I can therefore only recommend that you grab some too.

Noble Rot Restaurant
The wine is:

2015 Morgon Côte de Py Vieilles Vignes, Jean Foillard£234 in bond a dozen  Drink 2018-28

The nose here is a delightful purity of red and black fresh fruit, majoring on plums. And there's a properly classy hint of violet to the spicy-dark aromas. It goes into the mouth plush and coolly rich before some upright and lipsmackingly fresh tannins appear; tannins that become increasingly upright. A long wine of high grip and good ageing potential. Serious stuff. Fabulous.

And I see that Neal Martin, writing in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, also had his fancy tickled, since he commented:

"The 2015 Morgon Côte du Py has much more complexity and harmony on the nose with redcurrant, cranberry and blackcurrant leaf aromas that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, ripe and harmonious with juicy raspberry and cranberry notes lining the finish. This is a very impressive Beaujolais as you would expect, although I would give it a year, perhaps two, in bottle because the true quality of Côte du Py only really becomes evident in the glass with a modicum of bottle age."

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