A bit of an odd duck of cru Beaujolais, to my palate of thinking. Starts off with nice bright cherry and blackberry on the nose, but the follow through is disappointing. Fruit seems one-dimensional and the tannins are more pronounced than I would have expected, giving the wine a dusty tone. Can’t say as I’m a fan of this one. Not recommended. GT
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.
If someone switched the label to one reading "Dry Raspberry Wine," I wouldn't question it. Light raspberry in color, like a cool, late-evening sunset. Smells like my kitchen mid-raspberry jam production, and tastes like the raspberry puree sans heat, with a very, very fresh berry character that borders on herbaceousness. Perhaps someone tossed a few raspberry leaves in with the fruit? Absolutely no tannins, just lots of tangy berry-like astringency on the finish. Savory cheesecake (hold the berry topping), anyone?
Standing alone this is thin and slightly sour, but as a food wine it comes into its own. It has some light red juiciness and a touch of licorice, but the unique and surprising flavor is a sea-spray saltiness. For many this will be a curiosity, and for some it will be a treat. Pair it with dry-rubbed barbecue on a hot afternoon.
Living in Boston has taught me to be suspicious of cowardly March. As winter paws at its heels and spring serenades its sights, March lingers in spells of indecision. Wavers between days that boast sunshine and sweater-shedding warmth, and others who cry gray and wet storms.
The strawberry and banana penny candy on the nose is a sure give away of the Gamay component of this wine. The rest of it—aromas and flavours of strawberries, sour cherries, and rhubarb—work together for an enjoyable value-priced BC rosé. Juicy and nicely balanced, I’d buy this one again. Read Kathleen’s full review on her blog Between the Vines