2009 Domaine Lapièrre Chenas "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1061277

The winemaking philosophy here at this well-established estate is quite simple, but also surprisingly rare in this part of Burgundy. Lapierre's ideal is to make wine from 100% grape juice. What a concept! This includes a non-interventionist wine-producing method (no additional yeasts and no SO2). This is a minerally and pure Chenas, very bright, with excellent acidity, clear blue fruits and serious length. Great with cheese, fowl, even omlettes.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/15/2010  | Send Email
The Lapierre Chenas Vieilles Vignes is a excellent Beaujolais that reflects all of the wonder characteristics of the 2009 vintage. This wine has nice soft fruit that is almost like velvet in the mouth. But Lapierre Cheanas is more than this and offers complex flavors , a subtle hint of earth, and is balanced out with a delicious dry finish.

 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 4/23/2011 
Really bitter tannins at first but opened up after a couple hours. On day 2 this was quite good. This is one to age for sure. 92?

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.