Marcel Lapierre

Morgon Gamay

9.2289 ratings
9.287 pro ratings
Morgon, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Gamay
Chicken, Game, Turkey, Duck, Goose
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

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.

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.

Feb 2nd, 2019
Jae Cho

Post chix 'n bunnies libation at a local Mexican joint near my sister's. It was light and cheerful on opening and evolved w time. Raspberry, tomato, citrusy crisp with a long finish.

Post chix 'n bunnies libation at a local Mexican joint near my sister's. It was light and cheerful on opening and evolved w time. Raspberry, tomato, citrusy crisp with a long finish.

Apr 1st, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Mathieu has taken over winemaking and has done a fabulous job. This was all bright mid red fruits with some hues of blue and soft earthiness. Fresh & pure wire to to wire and a really nice pair with Hedy’s amazing spicy pumpkin soup. @ Plate & Bottle. Photos of, those old narly Gamay vines, Hedy’s spicy pumpkin soup, Mathieu barrel tasting and a little fireside bubbles & cheese before dinner.

Mathieu has taken over winemaking and has done a fabulous job. This was all bright mid red fruits with some hues of blue and soft earthiness. Fresh & pure wire to to wire and a really nice pair with Hedy’s amazing spicy pumpkin soup. @ Plate & Bottle. Photos of, those old narly Gamay vines, Hedy’s spicy pumpkin soup, Mathieu barrel tasting and a little fireside bubbles & cheese before dinner.

Oct 31st, 2017
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9.7

We know it's a tall statement, but we're going for it: Lapierre's Morgon is the benevolent king of happy maker wines. Perfectly juicy sweet-tart red fruit, earth & herbs - it just never fails to put a smile on our face. It's the perfect match for a sunny spring weekend.

We know it's a tall statement, but we're going for it: Lapierre's Morgon is the benevolent king of happy maker wines. Perfectly juicy sweet-tart red fruit, earth & herbs - it just never fails to put a smile on our face. It's the perfect match for a sunny spring weekend.

5 people found it helpfulMar 26th, 2016
Keith Levenberg

Definitely the best since 09. Ready to enjoy right from the pop of the cork. No spritz and already in harmony. Lively and juicy, of course, but the fruit is in a black pitch - black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry - and the tannins are almost surprisingly refined

Definitely the best since 09. Ready to enjoy right from the pop of the cork. No spritz and already in harmony. Lively and juicy, of course, but the fruit is in a black pitch - black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry - and the tannins are almost surprisingly refined

2 people found it helpfulOct 14th, 2015
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Second course...Chestnut Soup with a tiny hint of warmer spices (cardamom, clove, fennel) with a tiny tang and nut flavor with Madeira Cream. One of the best pairings I’ve done in some time.

Notes apply from last weekend.

Check out Chef Hedy’s Pop Up Dinner business @plate&bottle on Facebook.

Second course...Chestnut Soup with a tiny hint of warmer spices (cardamom, clove, fennel) with a tiny tang and nut flavor with Madeira Cream. One of the best pairings I’ve done in some time.

Notes apply from last weekend.

Check out Chef Hedy’s Pop Up Dinner business @plate&bottle on Facebook.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.3

Lovely aromatics. Carbonique. Lilac perfume.

Lovely aromatics. Carbonique. Lilac perfume.

1 person found it helpfulMar 5th, 2018
Garrett Pierce

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Too damn easy to drink. Red fruits (cherry, cranberry) meet dark berry fruit. Sans Soufre bottling.

Too damn easy to drink. Red fruits (cherry, cranberry) meet dark berry fruit. Sans Soufre bottling.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2016
Michael Gallegos

Sales & Hospitality Red Car Winery

9.2

Good with an entire six course meal. Universally loved from lighter greens to marrow soup, to proteins and beyond

Good with an entire six course meal. Universally loved from lighter greens to marrow soup, to proteins and beyond

May 20th, 2017
Pedro Rusk

Wine Educator Kendall Jackson

9.7

No sulfur very very good bottle

No sulfur very very good bottle

Mar 19th, 2017