Recent wines that I've opened have been uncommonly bad. Technically I suppose all have been perfectly fine - it's difficult to find a technical disaster these days - but stylistically they have been so far from my preferences that I seriously thought of giving up wine and sticking to beer and tea instead. Though my supplies are dwindling, I decided to give wine a chance by opening one more Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2011. And oh my Pikkiwoki is this perfect! Wine as a category is redeemed. It's just Alko's wines that I must avoid at all costs since they are fixated on a single style of wine and that is unjust to the diversity of wine.
Alko tends to favour wines heavy in extraction and oak and which therefore lack typicity of any kind. Most of Alko's wines could be made anywhere and from pretty much any grape.
Foillard, however, is a refreshing change from that technically competent mediocrity and is kind of a ¬Alko wine. This is genuinely exciting. It is a fairly rich Beaujolais but it has loads of character, none of that banana-bubblegum yeast aroma, wonderful structure and despite the relative richness, it is magnificently drinkable. This is a perfect wine and it can only be criticized for being more like a Grand Cru Burgundy than a Beaujolais in its seductive complexity. (Oh, one legitimate gripe: I really hate wax capsules.) I just need to find more before others realize how fantastic this is.