Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2019
Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.
One of the most allocated wines in the Kermit Lynch portfolio, Lapierre is considered one of, if not the, best producers of Cru Beaujolais which in my opinion is easily one of the most underrated wine regions in the world. Marcel Lapierre was part of the "Gang Of Four" that helped start the Natural Wine movement. The Gang of Four was dubbed by legendary wine importer Kermit Lynch, and the name has stuck ever since. These winemakers called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and disdaining chaptalization. This Morgon is produced from over 60 year old Gamay vines grown in gravel. This wine has vibrant, pure cherry flesh shines through, supported by refreshing acidity, a hint of violets, a slight gamey tone and grippy fruit tannins. Only 6 bottles available.
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