Beaujolais

Domaine des Marrans

Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay 2016

2016 Burgundy... Do I need to say more? It's slamming good!

Nose is a saline solution with sweet green apple and light oyster shell.
Palate is incredible balanced acidity with Anjou pear and this ever lingering saline finish.

For certain, one of the best BoJo blancs to ever grace my glass!

Happy Valentine's Day 2019 to all.

24hr Update: Nose has subsided slightly, but the palate is going strong and picking up minor red fruit (strawberry) notes. I tend to pick up those red notes only in Chardonnay from Beaujolais, after about a day or two after opening, interesting.
— 9 days ago

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@Lyle Fass Holy shit, thank you!
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Insane bargain. Beats white burgs twice the price
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Beats white Burg's I buy domestically that are 3x the price!

Marcel Lapierre

Morgon Gamay 2014

David T
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If you want to impress a Somm with a bottle of wine, bring a Grand Cru Gamay. I hate using the term Beaujolais. It gives a lot of people the lesser impression of Beaujolais Nouveau which, equates to the impression left by Blue Nun in the 70’s/early 80’s and Yellow Tail in and around 2000.

This is one of my favorite producers of Gamay, a member of the “Gang of Four”; Lapierre, Thevenet, Foillard & Breton. There is a fifth honoree member to the “Gang of Four”, Yvon Metras, who I enjoy equally. If you want to finally appreciate this varietal, look for one of these producers from Morgan or Fleurie.

The nose reveals; dark cherries, blackberries, dark plum, stewed plum, baked strawberries, blueberry hues, spearmint, granitic minerals/soil, dark berry cola, thyme, rich forest floor, touch of cinnamon, very light caramel, dark chocolate, Indian spices, berry bubblegum, touch of band-aid, steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, a whiff of black pepper, dark red, purple fresh flowers with shades of violets.

The body is full, rich and guides over the palate. It shows some tannins. The structure & tension are still big. The length and balance are at the beginnings of truly rounding into butterfly form. Still will benefit from 5 plus years in bottle. Bright red florals are far more pronounced on the palate. Ripe/bright; dark tart cherries, blackberries, dark plum, stewed plum, baked strawberries, half baked rhubarb with lovely blueberry hues, blood orange & dry raisins. Spearmint, tree sap, granitic minerals/soil pressed in to the palate, dark berry cola, orange peel, thyme, rich forest floor, touch of cinnamon, very light caramel, dark chocolate, Indian spices, berry bubblegum, touch of band-aid, steeped fruit teas, limestone minerals, hints of black pepper, dark red, purple fresh flowers with shades of violets. The acidity is like a warm summer rain shower. The long, rich, ripe, well balanced, elegant finish is nicely persistent for minutes.

12% ABV 👍

Photos of; Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Marcel Lapierre (may he RIP-2010), Marcel’s son and current Winemaker-Matheiu Lapierre and their Morgan Vineyard.
— 22 days ago

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David T

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@Dawn Emory Hold it a couple/three years, so much rounder/softer & complex. Yes, I thought as I was writing that, I am really dating myself. 😉
Ming Liang

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My experience with Cru Beaujolais has been so so. Will look for the bottles from the producers you mentioned.
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@Ming Liang I would never say a wine or varietal is for everyone. However, I think, if you give a few of the high quality producers (of said varietal) a try after letting them resolve in bottle awhile, then, it’s fair to say, “meh, not for me!” Look forward to your thoughts when you try one or two. Cheers! 🍷

Maison Albert Bichot

La Madone Fleurie Gamay 1966

Ever wondered what a 50 year old Beaujolais tastes like? It was very Burgundian! I initially though Savigny from a colder vintage but it was almost impossibly light in colour and that telltale note of beetroot was there in the background. A surprisingly good 1966 Bichot Fleurie! — 5 days ago

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Yvon Métras

Beaujolais Gamay 2015

Showing plenty of natural wine funk, carbonic red fruit with a touch of celery salt and white pepper, quite tasty. — 4 days ago

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Domaine Calot

Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes Morgon Gamay 2004

This 2004 still has plenty of fruit left to offer. Wonderful bouquet of dried flowers, fennel and herbs but with excellent freshness on the attack and surprisingly good tannin structure for a nearly 15-year-old Gamay. Serious bottle of Morgon and can be found at the same price as current release if you hunt it down. — 17 days ago

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Daniel Bouland

Delys Morgon Gamay 2017

Sweet dark fruits and underbrush, mineral, med + acid. This feels a bit closed and like there’s a lot more in reserve - I have two more bottles and will hold for a few years — 16 days ago

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Domaine des Maisons Neuves

Brouilly Pere & Fils Selection Vielles Vignes 2017

Tart cherries, blueberries, earth. Round and velvety on the palate, low tannin.
Beautiful and elegant. Beaujolais is casting its spell on me.
— 6 days ago

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Yvon Métras

Fleurie Gamay 2014

Sometimes I wish all wine could be as balanced, fresh and delicious as ‘14 vintage beaujolais from the top producers — 3 days ago

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Domaine Pascal Aufranc

Chénas Vignes de 1939 Gamay 2016

Old vine Cru Beauj. Great interplay with juiciness and earthy notes. Great thanksgiving wine to sip while cooking. — 3 months ago

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Domaine De La Grand'Cour (Jean-Louis Dutraive)

Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Terroir "Champagne" Fleurie Gamay 2015

Raspberry jam wild fruit looks unfiltered bigger style earthy spice — 6 days ago

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