If your only acquaintance with Beaujolais is the baby, carbonically macerated nouveau style, you owe it to yourself to buy this wine. Hell, if you read this column, you owe it to me. I’m a flag waving, delicate crimson card-carrying member of the #GoGamayGo league and wines like this are the reason why. You did know that Beaujolais is part of Burgundy, yeah? Give it the respect it deserves.
Mathieu & Camille Lapierre | Morgon 2013 | Beaujolais, France | $37
Morgon is one of the 10 Cru Beaujolais, special delineated and distinct regions within Beaujolais. To many, Cru Bojo is the pinnacle that gamay can reach. Morgon is widely recognized for producing high quality wines with structure, depth and aging potential.
Long-time followers of Lapierre will note the change in name from Domaine M. Lapierre to Mathieu and Camille. Though Marcel passed away in October 2010, his son and daughter, 4th generation vignerons Mathieu and Camille, have continued to build on his pioneering ideals of organic, biodynamic and natural winemaking.
Bright, youthful and finessed. The 2013 Lapierre Morgon charms in its youth through light fragrant cherries, raspberries and granite. Perfumed and pretty, with hints of candied strawberry fruit, bing and black cherries and scrubby rock roses framed with a finely boned structure and textured with a punchy grip. Crunchy acids finish with ample white pepper on the finish. Very low sulphur use here, as is the house style. It’s drinking well now, but will reward with 5+ years in the cellar.