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.
— 14 days ago
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. — 10 days ago
We had to rescue my daughters car in Iowa City today...so this provided an opportunity to snag a bottle of this at John's Grocery! It was a beautiful day..although I am not sitting on the deck...January provided us with the highest snowfall on record (30 inches). Wednesday morning when I went to work it was -53 ° windchill...so 44° today was like a nice summer day! Perspective can be amazingly hilarious! — 13 days ago
Haven’t had a Rottier wine in a minute. Dusty nose. Some cherry. Cassis. A nice richness. Really mineral. Seems closed but will open type of nose. Palate is lively and pure with a classic expression of 14 with crackling juicy dark fruit but slathered with minerality and so so refined. Showing so well. Structure to burn but really a great MAV. — 11 days ago