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.
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.
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.
Sulfur isn't always bad. In this vintage I thought the sulfured cuvée was much more fresh and lively than the non-sulfured one. A lighter year for Lapierre but that's not a bad thing as the aromas are exquisitely pretty. It's not a weighty wine but it is lively and refreshing. Sadly the unsulfured version seemed a bit tired.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
colour a little bit cloudy but nicely of a cherries. nose: very fruity and juicy, with some mushrooms; later citrus notes with some rotten hints. taste: at the beggining huge accidity but letr fading - should brethe some time, very light bodied, some pomegranate later a little bit fermented friuts. generally very refreshing but thaught it would be more elegant. Medium finish but generally persisiting. Had that to rare duck breast - excellent match. 88-89
Having a bottle roll out of a rack and smash, I decided to open another (my next-to-last) in its memory. Sorry I opened it, because it confirmed the depth of my loss. This is drinking beautifully. It gives proof to the claim that great Beaujolais resembles (very decent) Burgundy. Great acidic mid-palate, cherry undertones, fresh and vibrant.
Light garnet color. Totally fresh and inviting nose, with red cherries and perfumed flowers. Palate is light to medium weight and bright with red fruits riding through from start to finish and just a touch of earth on the finish. Enjoyable and classically made Beaujolais.
Translucent, light ruby. Tight on the nose initially with red cherry coming through. Opened up to reveal more vibrant cherry, forest floor, and herbal menthol aromas. Palate is light on its feet, with zippy cranberry and pomegranate, minerality, and mouthwatering acidity. Finishes with just a touch of earthiness.
Delicious again. Fresh raspberries, slightly tart cherries and other red fruits with floral and earthy accents, lightweight and incredibly refreshing with bright acids keeping it very precise and fresh, flavour without weight.
An absolutely stunning wine that currently, and I know this is not a surprise, drinks much better than the 2009 version. The raspberry fruit is so subtle and understated, yet it hits the palate with tremendous power and force. As usual, a beautiful mark from the soil. 12% alcohol. Wow!
Delicious with perfect red fruit, spice, herbs, a mineral finish and an amazing perfumed bouquet. But this wine is more about texture and purity than flavor. How can it seem so slight while it provides pleasure on so many fronts?
Beautiful stuff - airy and crunchy red fruit flavors mix in spice and plums. This is ultra-graceful and reminds me of Keira Knightley - could use a bit more flesh on the bones but is pretty spellbinding as it is. :)
A bottle of the sulphured version at lunch w/GG (bottle 2 of 4). Compared to the unsulphured version I had a couple of months ago this was...incredible. Tons more sweet fruit and all 'round deliciousness while the prior bottle was pinched and tight. What's the deal? The sulphur treatment? A few months in bottle? I don't know but while I'd be reluctant even to open a bottle of the other, based on that first taste, I could see craving more of this.
I've heard that Lapeirre is like russian roulette with wine. Maybe that's what happened here? No nose, no flavor, and kind of thin. I'll have to try again because it's so well respected, but I really don't understand the hype.
Very tasty and easy to drink. Beautiful translucent raspberry color, which sort of summarizes the wine - this is all about pure, albeit slightly simple red fruits and clarity. Elegance all the way. Started out with some funk, but that disappeared rather quickly and left the delicious fruit underneath alone. Nice!
Terrific gamay perfect for summertime patio living ... fruit-laden with a penetrating finish - the sort of wine that causes you to ponder it because of its unexpectedly sophisticated structure and balance, showcasing tart red cherry aromas and flavors, with a complex herbal and iron component.
Mine is from the S lots, those with sulfur. this is delicious beaujolais, and a return to form, as I had too many off bottles of the 07 and began to lose faith in the wine. with the 08, faith=restored. very aromatic, fresh, balanced, and just delicious. there is dark gamay fruit and some herbs, lots of snappy acidity, and a lovely mineral finish. energetic wine, the good stuff is back.
Clearly a lighter, less expressive version of Lapierre's Morgon - a very understated wine. Still, a delicious wine showing pretty red garden fruit combined with chalk/earth and very fine and subtle tannins. I think I'd opt to drink this wine within the next couple of years.
Conclusion I totally enjoyed this wine, I would of not guessed Gamay I know there were some others at the tasting getting the banana/bubble gum notes which I would of hated and would of guessed Beaujolais but I was not picking up any of those
At first this seemed astonishingly simple and one-dimensional. Indeed, right out of the opened bottle I thought this was a dud. Twenty minutes later I could discern the barest hints of something more, and then it was like pulling teeth to get it to come to the fore. This wine (or at least this bottle) demands air. Large amounts of it helped this to open up, spread out, and sweeten. Vigorously carafe this wine is my advice. Slosh it about. Then it shows its fleshy fruit (cherry? strawberry?) and mild spiciness. I wouldn't be surprised if this is better tomorrow. Lot N 04/09/09.
Perfect pairing with french onion soup. Served ever so slightly chilled. Juicy cherry fruits. Lots of fresh crisp acidity. Medium bodied with a smooth finish. I enjoyed this more than the Foillard we had earlier in the week, but that might have been due to this being a better pairing with the food.
Troisième et dernière bouteille de ce petit Morgon qui regorge de fruits tant au nez qu'en bouche. Pas aussi profond que le Morgon 2006 de Descombes ou le Morgon Javernière 2006 de Desvigne dégusté recemment mais tout de même une belle fraicheur en bouche et beaucoup de plaisir à vider nos verres.
I don't know, I think I liked the 2006 better, but it could just have been the showing tonight. It's still tight and not terribly forthcoming. But what does come through is familiar and convincing. I'll have to try this again to get a better read on it.
Lurid transparent violet colour. Wonderful citric, crushed dried leaves, cherry, Pansy, candied Ginger, carrot top, rose hip nose -a nose that neither quits nor stop evolving. It's a shame to drink! Tart brambly cherry & forest floor entry, lipstick middle & crisp minerally lingering finish. Still somewhat primal will no doubt sing in a year.
Ack - a completely different wine compared to my previous bottle, which was fantastic. Not flawed, but very simple and fruity, with none of that first bottle's ethereal aromatics. Closer in style and quality to Lapierre's Vin de Pays des Gauls, yet lacking even that wine's exhuberance and fun. One of the more discouraging examples of bottle variation I've come across in such a young wine. (Lot N 22/05/09)
This just arrived at KLWM and what a delight it is. The mesmerizingly complex nose brings a cascade of shape-shifting aromas that seem to cycle from tart red berries, to blood orange, mineral, rust/iron, pine needle, floral violet/lilac, rhubarb and back again. The palate is juicy with bright acidity and gorgeously fresh, mouthwatering blood orange-like fruit and mineral flavors. On first glance, this is lighter and less textural than '05 or '06, almost water-weight in the mouth, with flavors that linger for just a bit. But it adds a bit of flesh and gentle structure with a couple of hours of air, so I suspect a few short months will bring about the more typical Lapierre textural snap. Who cares though, really. The freshness today is to die for and the ripeness just seems perfect. This is one of those wines I feel I can't possibly drink enough of. (Lot N 22/05/09)