2015 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Cuvée Lapierre MMXV" Morgon

SKU #1249819 94 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. An impressively complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, incense and smoky minerals, and subtle floral and earth flourishes gain strength as the wine opens up. Palate-staining black raspberry, cherry compote and blood orange flavors are accompanied by violet pastille and spicecake qualities. Concentrated yet lithe, displaying outstanding clarity and power on a very long, focused, gently tannic finish. The interplay of depth and vivacity here is superb. (JR)  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

Old vines with naturally low yields. Organic farming used, manually harvested, as late as possible to achieve maximum ripeness, with rigorous sorting of the grapes. Indigenous yeasts only during whole-cluster fermentation that lasts for ten to twenty days. Semi-carbonic maceration. Wines aged on fine lees in old Burgundy barrels, then bottled without filtering.

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2017 | Send Email
Grown from 100+ year old vines, here you have a stellar and delicious expression from Morgon. Intensely perfumed with inviting aromas of berry fruit and orange spice, this wine shows amazing layers of luscious fruit reminiscent of pomegrante and fig. Coupled with serious structure and depth, this is a bottle built to hold, but will open up for the impatient drinker (like me) with a good hour decant. This is a splurgey Beaujolais worth the investment! Super recommended!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2017 | Send Email
Power is the name of the game with the Cuvee MMXV. The tete de cuvee from Marcel Lapierre this is a connoisseur's Beaujolais meant to showcase the greatness of the vintage years from now. A firm core of tightly-wound fruit nicely buffered by acidity and tannin make this wine a legend in the making. Tuck a few of the beauties away and in a few years you'll be handsomely rewarded with greatness in the bottle.
Top Value! Drink from 2022 to 2032

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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.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of 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.