2016 Domaine Marcel Lapierre "Raisins Gaulois" Vin de France

SKU #1349615 90 points Vinous

 Bright red. Lively and precise on the nose and palate, displaying fresh red fruit and floral qualities and showing no excess fat. Insanely easy to drink, offering excellent clarity and a long, spice- and floral-accented finish. While not the last word in complexity, I find this exuberant wine to be pretty irresistible. (JR)  (3/2018)

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 The 2016 Raisins Gaulois, Lapierre's Vin de France cuvée, was fermented as a Beaujolais with a two-week maceration and bottled just after Christmas. It has a light rose petal and Morello cherry-scented bouquet. The palate is well balanced, easy drinking with a supple, light-hearted finish. 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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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/19/2018 | Send Email
Don't be surprised if you buy this bottle to have with your dinner and drink more than half of it while cooking. This is pure, fresh Gamay that is gushing with red cherry and raspberry fruit, a trace of earth, and revitalizing acidity. With minimal sulfur added at bottling and its relatively low alcohol, this a solid winner for everyday enjoyment.

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.