2016 Domaine Lapierre Morgon

SKU #1343429 95 points Decanter

 Marcel Lapierre is something of a hero to the natural wine movement, and his Morgon has been called The Original Natural Wine. This delivers star-bright, sappy, mouthwatering dark fruit with a completely irresistible energy. His wines sell out fast, so buy when you see it.Drinking Window 2017 - 2022.(JA)  (1/2018)

93-94 points James Suckling

 This barrel sample from one of the masters in Beaujolais shows such a balance and focus already. Juicy and fruity with lots of plummy fruit and spice character. Fine tannins and a crisp finish. Clear and ethereal.  (2/2017)

93 points Vinous

 (Unsulfured bottling, indicated by the letter "N" on the left-hand side of the back label.) Bright ruby-red. Vibrant red/blue fruit, violet spice aromas, along with hints of musky herbs and smoky minerals. Sappy and incisive on the palate, offering mineral-tinged raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a touch of fine-spice powder. Subtle tannins give shape to the penetrating, gently tannic finish, which lingers with building sweetness and excellent persistence. (JR)  (3/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Morgon with sulfur includes 2.8 grams per liter this year. The bouquet is similar to the Non-Sulphité version, perhaps with the fruit a little darker with a touch of blood orange. The palate is very well balanced with a rounded texture, the acidity lending tension and sharing the purity of the Non-Sulphité version on a harmonious finish, with just a hint of spice lingering on the aftertaste. To be frank, there is not a great deal of difference between the two cuvées this year, so take you pick depending upon your aversion to sulfur. Mathieu Lapierre joined me for a tasting with Alexandre Foillard and Christophe Pacalet one evening—three forward-thinking biodynamic producers refreshingly not hidebound by dogma. "To be natural is not to be a hippy," quipped Mathieu. "In 2015 I had to use sulpfur. My customer was happy that I didn't lie to them, and some of them didn't want it anymore." Sounds like a small section of his customer base need to be as open-minded and as flexible as the winemaker. As well as the, what I call, "With Or Without You" cuvées of Lapierre's Morgon, Mathieu also debuted his Juliénas, a joint-venture with David Chapelle, the son of Michelin-starred chef Alain Chapelle who was one of Marcel Lapierre's first customers. I welcome this branching out from Morgon, and this Juliénas shows a lot of potential.(NM)  (8/2017)

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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

- 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.
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.