Burgundy Gamay

Marcel Lapierre

Morgon Gamay 2014

David T
9.2

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

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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

Ming Liang

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! 🍷

Château Thivin

Beaujolais Villages Rosé Gamay 2017

Beautiful tonight, minor citrus with strawberry, and light sour cherry on the nose. Palate is uncomplicated, tart/sweet cherry, orange zest, light mineral and herbal notes, under-ripe peach? — 14 days ago

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Severn Goodwin love this gem of a Róse!

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. — 10 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 — 8 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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Jane Eyre

Fleurie Gamay 2016

Candy fudgy ju jube aromas. Some animale feral notes - touch of Brett? Quite dense in colour for a Fleurie. In summary an easy drinking light red for summer. — 12 days ago

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Château Thivin

Beaujolais Rose Gamay 2017

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

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Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Severn Goodwin you sparked my inclination!
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@Dawn Emory Hopefully I'll spark more inspiration tonight 😉

Domaine Richard Rottiers

Champ de Cour Moulin-à-Vent Gamay 2014

Lyle Fass
9.4

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

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Pascal Jean-Philippe Granger

"Les Chassignols" Moulin-à-Vent Gamay 2013

Crunchy red fruits with the telltale signs of M-a-V structure; snappy tannin and zippy acidity. Just a lovely wine to begin the evening on. — 8 days ago

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Jean Foillard

Eponym' Morgon Gamay 2016

Jeremy Shanker
9.4

First time trying the eponym. Way more open in its youth even than the other foillard wines and that is saying a lot! Juice 🥤 — 13 days ago

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