September 24, 2019 - Eclectic Older Wines from the Rare Wine Company with Mannie Berk (The Morris, San Francisco): Ruby with slight fading. Super ripe cherry nose. Sappy, late earth. No lack of stuffing here. More obviously alcoholic and overripe than the Foillard 3.14 I had the other night. I much preferred that wine.
April 5, 2019 - Deeper color than the regular cuvée. Spicy red fruit on the nose and palate. This is much more toned down and elegant than the last time I had it, but it still possesses quite a tannic punch and fine acidity for the year. Quite a Beaujolais cru.
November 23, 2018 - On release this was blatantly jammy and over-the-top, could have been labeled I Can't Believe It's Not California. Still showing plenty of that with dark fruit and a raisined sur-maturite that fortunately mellows out with a few hours' decanting. Much better than it used to be, but not (yet?) at a point where you could say, "see, just needed time!"
August 18, 2018 - My first go at this wine and imo this is really not a classic Beaujolais experience, but is certainly an impressive wine. The concentration and dark fruit depth are quite amazing for the region but not overly done in the sense of big wines in general. No way I’d pick this out blind though, I’d probably guess medium weight Syrah or something? This will go another 10-15 years easy as it didn’t show much development but was certainly approachable now. This bottle was clean which relieved my anxiety a bit about my other bottles.
January 7, 2017 - Yikes, am I happy I opened this before bringing it to dinner tonight. After a hint of brett on the nose, fairly deep cherry fruit, and then, BAM, the most vile, mousey/moldy finish that took 30 minutes to get out of my mouth after one small sip despite copious irrigation and multiple rounds of mouthwash. Friends don't bring friends bottles that taste like this (at least not on purpose). On occasion, Lapierre can certainly bring the funk with the worst of them. I look forward to the next bottle with more than a little trepidation.
January 2, 2017 - Stored impeccably, Coravined a couple of months ago; had a glass then, drunk the rest now. Decanted for a couple of hours because the nose is very reticent right off the bat. Again the palate is a bit Rhoneish - smooth, dark flavors and some alcohol is evident. But this thing is somehow still shut down or just such an introverted type that it doesn't give much of an impact on the palate or elsewhere. Sort of smooth and perhaps classy but it doesn't want to have much to do with you or just yet - maybe later then. Next bottle perhaps in 2019.
August 14, 2016 - Stored pretty much perfectly until opening, decanted for 3 hours. When sipped directly after opening this was very closed down - the palate makes a slow crescendo from almost nothing. Long finish. After 3 hours (and warming to about 18 C) the nose is deep and smooth, and the palate is still not totally open for business in the way one would assume a Bojo (which this still is!) to be. Will drink the remaining 4 bottles over the next 10 years. This was a really good match with grilled lamb chops (!), which we had outside on a late summer evening.
July 27, 2016 - 2009 is a completely atypical Beaujolais vintage and one that I did not personally like. That said, I could recognize that certain wines were outstanding, nonetheless. This was the only bottle from the vintage that I cellared. If I were free to choose a Beaujolais that I liked, this would not be in my top 1000 choices. That said, the ripe dark cherry and raspberry jam fruit and the lush texture -- but with enough structure -- do make this a wine that not only provides interest, but also pleasure. No need to rush in drinking this wine. Cellared since original release.
June 13, 2016 - 92-93. Just an utter joy to drink. Deep, rich garnett color with heavy nose of fruit. Blueberry and boysenberry on the nose. Nice extraction, light acid, very fruit forward but not overripe. Plush, with a long finish. Rich bit not clawing. Think vintage makes it so luscious and giving. Almost new wordlist. Really a joy and drink when in the mood for something delicious without too much cerebral work needed.
March 18, 2016 - Either 'too ripe' or 'super plush' depending on one's personal preferences. Typical of the vintage, which means atypical for Morgon (and Lapierre). A 2009 Foillard earlier in the week definitely possessed more nuance.