Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017
Wine Advocate reports: 'Mathieu Lapierre believes that the prolonged, relatively cool carbonic maceration he favors promotes natural antioxidants so that a wine like this has impressive stability from the open bottle despite its absence of sulfur. If you have a cold cellar, try to save a portion of this for 4-6 years. The irreplaceable and virtually irrepressible Marcel Lapierre passed away just after the 2010 harvest was completed and will be sorely missed among us. His son Mathieu - who had been assuming an increasingly important role at the domaine in recent years - has admirably advanced their labors in this vintage, resulting in wines that display the levity and "digestabilite" as well as textural caress and subtle complexity that one has long associated with the crafts of this domaine. Lapierre picked from September 20 through the first week in October and achieved normal crop levels. Mathieu Lapierre might refine his father's methods but it seems unlikely that he will deviate from them in fundamental ways, and he believes that "we in Beaujolais are in danger of losing our vinous identity" thanks in part to the ambitions of growers who take their inspiration and methods from the Cote d'Or.'
|Region||France, Beaujolais, Morgon|
|Brand||Domaine Marcel Lapierre|
James SucklingSome very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced black cherries and blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate to close. Short carbonic maceration and juice is racked off during the carbonic process. A captivatingly powerful but focused Morgon. No Côte du Puy due to the hail in 2017. Best from 2020