Powerful? No. Intense? Not really. Terroir-driven? Yes and no. Recommended? Highly. By many standards, the famous Morgon produced by the late Marcel Lapierre shouldn’t make as much of an impression as it does. Yet this clear, delicate Gamay is a wine of singular suppleness and pleasure, with light, airy structure, a lovely red fruit, some slightly earthy notes, and a tendency to disappear remarkably fast from your glass. And herein lies the true power of Lapierre Morgon: it just drinks itself effortlessly; a characteristic the French would call gouleyant. And with some charcuterie, a simple roast chicken or a pork roast, it becomes an intrinsic component of a successful meal.

WHO: Marcel Lapierre
WHAT: Gamay
WHERE: Morgon, Beaujolais, France
WHEN: 2009

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Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.

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  1. jacqueline friedrich

    Shortly after Marcel Lapierre died I was dining with (non-wine) friends at Chez Michel in Paris. Frankly, I was afraid the wine would be Bretty but, as my own tiny hommage to the man, I ordered the wine. It was Bretty but only slightly. And, I figured, as we had all ordered game dishes, the gamey aspect of the wine would marry well with our food. It did.