2009 Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon

SKU #1061867 93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/2011)

91 points 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)  (4/2014)

90 points 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.  (4/2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.
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France

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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.