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| ||Tasted by Brix on 1/11/2015 & rated 89 points: Graceful and crowd pleasing. Less oomph than a few years ago, but this wine has gained balance and a quiet charm. Rhubarb/raspberry, with mineral notes, a silky palate, and subtle, receding tannins. If this wine is a bit less compelling than it was in the past, it's still a tour de force of skillful winemaking: impeccably pure and oh so easy to drink. Yum. (749 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 3/24/2014: Sweet red raspberry fruit at the cork pull. A wild, modestly spiced edge. Beautiful aromas. On the palate, still some lingering dried herb spice. (1987 views)|
| ||Tasted by greenblanket on 3/9/2014: Great on night one with TK roasted chicken and smashed potatoes. Classic red fruit and fresh soil notes. It gained weight and palate presence on day two. I believe it has a nice little future ahead of it. (2156 views)|
| ||Tasted by moveablesirkus on 10/21/2013: really delicious savory notes, but not at all funky. fresh red fruit, and a roundness balanced with wonderful acidity that i so freaking classic morgon. ab fab. (2767 views)|
| ||Tasted by moveablesirkus on 9/28/2013: This wine doesn't taste like it's getting any better. The fullness of Morgon is apparent, but the distinct forest floor and red fruit components are starting to fade. The acid is loosing it's edge and the tannin has nearly completely melted away. Still very pleasant and will continue to enjoy for another year or three. (2774 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 9/5/2013: Red berry fruit. Raspberry palate. Ethereal body type. Like a soft yet encompassing hug. Chrysthanthemum palate. Really, really easy going tonight. (2524 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mindmuse on 4/12/2013 & rated 87 points: Drank over two nights. Pretty reticent day one, even trying from three different glasses; better day two, though this bottle never really seemed to gain any focus. Good, but as diffuse as the nebulized sediment in it (plus a spoonful of precipitated sediment). Dried strawberry, sous bois, charcoal, willow bark?, crust of a strawberry/rhubarb pie. It was a bit more open and tasty day two, though not a better bottle of Lapierre for me. Wouldn't have been a fan if this were my first. C'est la vie. S 22/05/09 lot. (2362 views)|
| ||Tasted by tooch on 11/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Thanksgiving Week Wines; 11/22/2012-11/25/2012 (Edison, NJ): Yummy bottle with great raspberry, florals, earth and spice notes. Noticed a small amount of drying tannins on the palate, but overall thought this was drinking very nicely. Worth mentioning that the pure, cool fruit on the palate was framed nicely by its acidity. Good stuff. (3271 views)|
| ||Tasted by jkline on 7/25/2012 & rated 94 points: Sad this is my one and only bottle. In one word, this is pure. Fresh nose of cherries and cranberries. Delicate but layered with jolts of subtlety explosive sweet fruit interlaced with stone, herbs and earth. (3434 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 5/3/2012: From 375ml. Ripe cherry and red raspberry. The sweet herbal spice of the hairs on raspberries. That expresses in a mild potpourri way. Oranging at the rim and medium (-) body. Med(-) if not low tannin. There's a touch of grit to the palate, that gives just the slightest tug. The slightest tug. (3571 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/30/2012: It has found its own little wonderful space. Shockingly wonderful, even to someone who has already drunk through a case or more. Just a delight. (3168 views)|
| ||Tasted by mjfaulkner on 4/23/2012 & rated 91 points: Continues to be one of my favorite cru Beaujolais. Classic Gamay nose, ripe, rich red berry fruit. A good Beaujolais is one of the few red wines that can be truly palate cleansing. Delicious with a ridiculous QPR. (2954 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 4/7/2012: Just right in a sweet spot. Even better on day two. (2276 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 1/8/2012: From 375ml. Tasted along side 2009 375 and 2010 750ml. nose is really showing some ripe raspberry expression at the moment. wild!!! cinnamon. a flowery green decent. palate is really giving up some sweet fruit feel. loaded and this really has the harmony of fruit, spice, and resolving green. thoughts of the soft fruit, earth, smoke of the Crooner or 04 Leroy N-St.-G. Showing and absolutely stunning bouquet off the cork pull. (2809 views)|
| ||Tasted by cabcbv7 on 12/18/2011 & rated 90 points: A beautiful wine that is impeccably balanced with nice dried red fruit and floral notes. (2825 views)|
| ||Tasted by moveablesirkus on 11/18/2011: More brett than most bottles, but I bought this direct from the KL retail shop, so I don't think this has the sulphur addition. Still has quite a bit of weight, but the fruit isn't over-the-top and actually provides a nice contrast with the brett. I love this wine. (3377 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 11/7/2011: Polished off another one of these. (3406 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 10/31/2011: Delicious as always. (3420 views)|
| ||Tasted by greenblanket on 10/9/2011: Better than ever - pure and alive with taut red fruit, bright acidity, powdery fine tannin and mineral. (3572 views)|
| ||Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 10/2/2011: Delicious as always. (3486 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 9/25/2011: From 375ml, ahh...these are drinking beautifully right now. Losing the prickly texture and exuding a softness and charming fruit! (3516 views)|
| ||Tasted by nzinkgraf on 9/10/2011: From 375ml, utterly beautiful tonight. Present and airy ash and fruit. Soft pepper digressing into the fruit. Dutch black licorice and flowers across the palate. Top of the world right now, fresh and alive, full of fruit upfront with youthful Beaujolais spice playing the back ground. Wow. (3576 views)|
| ||Tasted by moveablesirkus on 8/28/2011: Wow! Drank this with some wine friends on a porch in Sebastopol. Perfect weight, integrated tannin and acid, well defined fruit with earth and texture. Perfect bottle for the occasion. This was a from the sulphured bottling. (3751 views)|
| ||Tasted by pjhr on 8/13/2011 & rated 92 points: Simply delicious Morgon! (3732 views)|
| ||Tasted by *Vine* on 8/4/2011: Popped and poured from 375. Medium ruby, clear rim with subtle bricking. Forward aromatically, the fruit evokes raspberry, stone fruits, and pomegranate aromas which are complimented by complex notes of root vegetables, floral incense, and a touch of briny, provencal herbs (the last element especially reminiscent of a Côtes du Rhône). Medium-light to medium body. The flavors on the palate are much as touched upon by the nose, with spice-laden raspberry notes on the front interspersed by savory elements and complimentary notes of green stem; in fact, the spice, fruit, and green makes this eminently quaffable yet so deceivingly complex. The tannins are nearly resolved on the lingering close. |
Simply a delicious example of the Gamay grape, and although lacking the elegance and sublime texture of the justifiably hyped 2009, the 2008 Lapierre isn't terribly far behind it. In fact, if the 2008 is a portend for how the 2009 might develop then with a bit of time anyone holding quantity is in store for quite a treat.
But aside from that and without getting too sidetracked from the bottle at hand, the 2008 is drinking splendidly right now and should continue to do so over the short term or possibly longer if holding in a cold cellar. Just Yummy.
Quick commentary: Don't know what it is about Lapierre...rarely do wines combine complexity, texture, and sheer pleasure so seamlessly. Surely, these wines are not only world class but are also some of the greatest bargains one can find in wine. (3996 views)
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Marcel Lapierre Producer website
Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais Producer, Is Dead at 60
By ERIC ASIMOV
Published: October 11, 2010
Marcel Lapierre, a Beaujolais grower and producer who played a leading role in rejuvenating the diminished reputation of the region’s wines, died Sunday in Lyon, France. He was 60.
The cause of death was melanoma, said Kermit Lynch, the American importer of his wines. Mr. Lapierre was a rigorous, relentlessly experimental winemaker. He and a group of three other producers were instrumental in demonstrating to the world that Beaujolais had far more to offer than its often insipid mass-market nouveau wines.
Rather than these fruity, happy-go-lucky concoctions, Mr. Lapierre and his colleagues, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton and Jean-Paul Thévenet, produced wines of depth, nuance and purity that nonetheless retained the joyous nature of Beaujolais.
Mr. Lynch remembered the first time he tasted a Lapierre Morgon, from the 1989 vintage. “That bottle was so convincing to me,” he said on Monday. “He and his gang were so different from everything going on.”
Mr. Lynch long ago called Mr. Lapierre and his like-minded colleagues the Gang of Four. The name stuck, even as the loose group of friends came to include many more than four.
Mr. Lapierre was born April 17, 1950, into a country exhausted by two world wars. When salesmen appeared, offering new, labor-saving technologies, chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, many vignerons did not require much convincing to cast aside the labor-intensive traditions of generations. The result was a sort of banalization of Beaujolais.
The problems for the region were eventually made worse by the growing popularity of Beaujolais nouveau. When Mr. Lapierre took over his family’s domain in Villié Morgon in 1973, the quaint harvest custom of making a new wine for immediate consumption was about to explode into a worldwide phenomenon. By the end of the 1970s, with the aid of aggressive promotion, cities from London to New York to Tokyo would be counting the minutes until the third Thursday of each November, the official release date, when wine shops could unveil the stored cache and proclaim, “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé.”
The popularity of nouveau tilted the priorities of the region. As more and more Beaujolais production went into nouveau, growers no longer made a pretense of striving for quality. When the market for nouveau diminished, growers in the lesser regions of Beaujolais were stuck with an oversupply of poor wine, and the public was stuck with an image of vapid wine meant to be drunk immediately.
In the 1970s, Mr. Lapierre made his wines in the conventional manner of the times. But by 1981 he had come under the influence of Jules Chauvet, a Beaujolais wine dealer and scientist who advocated avoiding the use of chemicals as far as possible. Mr. Lapierre adopted organic viticulture, decided he would no longer add yeast to induce fermentation, and reduced or eliminated the amount of sulfur dioxide he would add to the wine.
Sulfur dioxide has been used as a preservative in wine for centuries, but can alter the experience of a wine, the way viewing a work of art through glass differs from a direct view. Used in excess, it can mask a range of sins, and many leading winemakers today try to use as little as possible. But to use no sulfur is risky and requires absolute rigor in shipping and storing the wines.
“It affects the very shape of the wine,” said Mr. Lynch, who does not buy wine without sulfur from any producer other than Mr. Lapierre. “The wine with no SO2 is very voluptuous and rounded. With SO2 it’s very squared-off to me.”
In recent years Mr. Lapierre’s son, Mathieu, had taken over winemaking duties for his father. Mr. Lapierre is also survived by his wife, Marie, and two daughters, Camille and Anne.
Why had he changed his methods in 1981?
“Because the wines I made didn’t satisfy me, and the wines from elsewhere that I liked weren’t made in the modern style,” he told the quarterly The Art of Eating in 2004.
“I’m just making the wine of my father and grandfather,” he said, “but I’m trying to make it a little better.”
Gamay Varietal character (Appellation America)
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Burgundy Les vins de Bourgogne (Bureau interprofessionnel des vins de Bourgogne) (and in English)
Burgundy - The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Cote d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Cote de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Cote de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Cote Chalonnaise and the Maconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Cote d'Or. Also included by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne - na stejné téma od Heleny Baker
Beaujolais Vins du Beaujolais (L’Union des Vignerons du Beaujolais)
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Notes from John Gilman on the 2009 Vintage
There will be a lot of absolutely delicious Beaujolais to try in 2009, as it is indeed a very good, atypically ripe and opulent vintage for Beaujolais. As others here have mentioned, the Louis-Dressner and Kermit Lynch portfolios cover many of the very best estates (with an honorable mention for importer Weygandt-Metzler), and just choosing from their strip labels is a very good jumping off point. As a quick primer, the three best Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages producers that I regularly cross paths with are the aformentioned Jean-Paul Brun and his Domaine Terres Dorées, Pierre Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux and Domaine Dupeuble from the Kermit Lynch's portfolio. I also find the Beaujolais-Villages from Joseph Drouhin consistently excellent and very classic in style and like all of this firm's Beaujolais, a completely underrated source for very top drawer Crus and B-Villages.
Amongst the Cru Beaujolais, it is important to keep in mind(again as folks have mentioned already) that certain villages tend to produce much more structured wines, and this will be very evident in a powerful vintage like 2009. In general terms, the wines from Moulin-a-Vent, Morgon and Cote de Brouilly are going to demand a bit of bottle age to really start to drink well in 2009, and these may not be the best growers to focus on when tasting through the vintage to draw your own conclusions. But in these appellations, if you keep in mind that what you are tasting is likely going to need five years of bottle age to really blossom from these crus, you cannot go wrong with Kermit Lynch's "Gang of Five" producers- Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard, Breton are four of the five- as well as Georges Descombes and Louis et Claude Desvignes from Louis-Dressner. I also like very much the Morgons made by Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin for the big houses, and Jean-Paul Brun also makes a very good example of Morgon.
In Moulin-a-Vent, Louis Jadot's Chateau des Jacques makes a very good range- though always structured when young- and Bernard Diochon is excellent year in and year out. Pierre Chermette also makes superb Moulin-a-Vent and the Drouhin version is consistently exceptional. In Cote de Brouilly, the two most exciting producers are Nicole Chanrion and Chateau Thivin (both represented by Kermit Lynch). The Chanrion is usually very accessible out of the blocks for this very stony terroir (it is an extinct volcano), while the Chateau Thivin bottlings demand time and are usually tight and structured when young. Better to try the delicious straight Brouilly from Chateau Thivin if you want to drink one of their wines out of the blocks, as that never demands patience and is lovely.
In the less structured Cru villages, wines I particularly like are the aformentioned Clos de la Roilette in Fleurie (they are the Chateau Yquem of the village- though their vines are right on the Moulin-a-Vent border and the wine used to be sold as Moulin-a-Vent before the AOC went into effect, so they are a bit more structured than most Fleuries), Cedric Chignard, Jean-Paul Brun and Pierre Chermette are all very, very good sources. Domaine Diochon in Moulin-a-Vent also makes a good Fleurie, as does Joseph Drouhin. In general these will be more floral, open and sappy bottles of Beaujolais out of the blocks and they will be delicious from the get-go.
In St. Amour, Domaine des Billards makes absolutely brilliant wines and is one of my favorite producers in all of Beaujolais. In Julienas, Michel Tete is the star producer, but I also like the Drouhin bottling from here very well indeed. There are many more outstanding bottlings to be found scattered thorughout the crus and I am sure that I am forgetting several worthy estates, but this at least will give you a good "to do" list to get started with the vintage. The only '09s I have tasted thus far are the Joseph Drouhin wines, which I tasted through in Beaune in March, and they are deep, sappy and beautifully soil-driven. If all the other top estates have made wines in this style, then this is indeed going to be a very special vintage for the region. But with the wines from Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent, you may do better trying a few bottles from either the 2006 or 2007 vintage if you can find them well-stored, as these are less structured vintages and both are beginning to really drink well from these villages.