After hearing a lot about bottle variation I was a bit scared to open this. Once the reductive notes blew off, it was really quite good and multifaceted! Delicate and juicy. Black cherries, raspberries, oregano, white pepper, chili, celery salt, dry crumbling rocks. — 24 days ago
Been trying to find this wine and find what the hype was all about. Not sure if a style for everyone but but it was very fruit forward with velvet (rather than silky) tannins. Fresh acidity following black cherries, blackberries and flowers on the nose. Could use a couple more years in the cellar but already a crowd pleaser. — 5 months ago
Opened overnight. Still full of energy, red fruited and earthy, but finishes with that bean-like character I associate with "natural-wines-that-went-over-the-edge-
after-too-much-air". Still a nice drink if you can get past that bean element. Would be nice to see it a day prior. — a month ago
Todd really liked, great fruit, low acid, well balanced, slightly sweet fruit almost. Lori thought it was ok, but not as taken as Todd — 16 days ago
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.
— 10 months ago