2009 Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon
A rich, silky red gushing with layers of flavors—boysenberry, dried marjoram, damson plum, black cherry, cocoa and sandalwood—with a layer of smoky minerality running underneath. Very detailed throughout, showing beautiful balance. A lovely wine. Drink now through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Morgon is less expressive on the nose, although there is still that faint touch of marmalade, but it does not quite possess the same frisson as the sulfur-free version. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, superb acidity and that lovely orange zest note on the finish that is tightly wound, but will repay another one or two years in bottle. (NM)
Wine & Spirits
Delicate strawberry scents brighten the animal muskiness of this gamey Beaujolais. It's filled with character, though the fruit itself is relatively simple. A friendly young wine to decant for braised tripe or other rustic fare.
From the Cru Beaujolais region of Morgon, Domaine Lapierres's Villié-Morgon vineyard soil is made up of decomposed rocks and crumbly schist. Owned and run by Marcel and Mathieu Lapierre, the vines are raised without the use of artificial fertilizers or herbicides; the father-son team have also been experimenting with biodynamics on some of their older vines. This "natural" wine is full of red fruit, with a lushness and freshness that set it apart from many Beaujolais. If you haven't tried a Cru Beaujolais before, this gem is a great place to start. This is Marcel Lapierre's last vintage, alas.