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)

94 points James Suckling

 Nose of fresh violets, cranberries and blue fruit. Fresh on the palate with good balance of seamless tannins with crushed red fruit. Long on the fruit. Very pleasant and lean. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.  (1/2019)

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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