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Review: Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017 Beaujolais - Wine of the week

When a friend says; you should really try this Beaujolais, what do you think? Yah or nah? Usually nah...but why? Because at least 90% of people relate Beaujolais to a fruity, tarty, red juice which has alcohol in and which costs less than $5. Well let me introduce you to my wine of the week: Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017 - 93 points.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017 - 93 points!

My first thought after trying this? How much room do I have left in my cellar ;)

Tell me more....

Beaujolais is located in the far south Burgundy, the same region as the famous Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Beaujolais wine is produced using the gamay grape, a grape with thin skins and low tannins. It grows very well in the schist and granite soil which is found in Beaujolais. Beaujolais is famous for the Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine released on the 3rd Thursday in November during the same year of harvest. It sees no oak and is you drink it young. Light, fruity with red fruits and easy to drink. Beaujolais Nouveau is not the most interesting wine in Beaujolais.

The Beaujolais region produces some of the most fascinating, stylistic wines using the Gamay grape. These can be drunk young or kept for up to 5-10 years. They have a lot in common with pinot noir, after 5 years you might even mistaken them for Pinot Noir. :)

Beaujolais is made up of 10 cru's which all have a different style, my favourite Cru's are:

  • Fleurie - Floral, light and delicate, drink on the younger side

  • Morgon - More round and full bodied than Fleurie, however less tannic than Moulin. It can age, however can be drunk young also.

  • Moulin-à-Vent - Tannic when young, this Cru can age easily for 10-15 years, which is when it starts to show how good it is!

Tasting notes of Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017: This is already showing how good this vintage will be; lush cherry and cranberries on the nose, this gave way to crushed cherries with small notes of dried herbs, tangy orange peel, and an elegant finish. This is still young for now, however, will only get better from here. Really enjoyed this!

Food pairing: Beaujolais works well with everything. Need a red for Thanksgiving dinner? Try a Beaujolais. It can match very well with duck, roast chicken, salmon, tuna. Just make sure not to have a sauce too heavy with too much power.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017 is ready to drink now over the next 10 years. To find this wine locally click here Other Beaujolais which I enjoy:

Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py

George Duboeuf Fleurie

Marcel Lapierre 'Curvee Marcel Lapierre'

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