Bottle Notes, Burgundy

2011 Marcel Lapierre Morgon – Bottle Notes

Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973. The winery dates back to the early 1900’s. In 1981 Marcel met Jules Chauvet. A winemaker, researcher and chemist, Chavet preached for natural wines and the traditional methods of Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel led a group that soon went to the forefront of this movement. Kermit Lynch called this group the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. Sadly Marcel passed away in 2010. His son Mathieu and daughter Camille continue the work that their father pioneered, now introducing biodynamic vineyard practices and ensuring that Marcel’s legacy lives on.

Ruby red in color. 12.5% ABV. Sublime nose of red fruits, damp forest floor, earth and minerals. Light to medium body with bright acidity. Elegance and grace defined. Cherries, cranberries and earth on the palate. The finish is long, delicate and seamless. Another really nice bottle from a winery that delivers year after year after year. Delicious with and without food. A wine that can be enjoyed shortly after bottling or after 10 years in the cellar. Well done! This version will drink well for years to come.

My rating: 91 points.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon is one of the great wine value in the world. The 2017 vintage, released earlier this year, is just a little over $30 per bottle. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case.

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