2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvee Camille
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $34.94 (Online Avg. $36)
"These wines come highly recommended whether the idea of biodynamics turns you on or not - they are just great wines that are a joy to drink." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cru Beaujolais has never been hotter, and among both restaurants and wine geeks it’s known as a fantastic alternative to serious Burgundy at a much more casual price. Today’s 2016 Lapierre ‘Cuvee Camille’ is a Morgon to give Burgundy a run for its money, and it represents everything people love about great Beaujolais. For many, Lapierre is the “spiritual home of natural winemaking” (Wine Advocate) and a powerful counterpoint to the mass-produced Beaujolais ‘Noveau.’ Regardless of your stance on biodynamics, Lapierre’s wines are a “joy to drink” and that is really what great Beaujolais is all about.
From 50-75-year-old vines along the Cote du Py the ‘Cuvee Camille’ has classic Morgon characteristics of low tannin and bright acidity paired with complex earth tones and red fruit. The ‘Côte du Py’ is Morgon’s finest growing area with gentle granite filled slopes that make for a silky, lively expression of Gamay. So often natural wine is marked by sloppy, or negligent winemaking, but at Marcel Lapierre, strict standards and extraordinary respect for tradition make for wines that exemplify the joie de vivre of Beaujolais.
Like it’s cousin in Burgundy, this will do even better with 5 years of age on it, but even a short decant will help bring out the vibrant red fruit. Beaujolais sings at the dinner table, so open a bottle of this benchmark Morgon with anything from burgers to poultry, and on a warm summer’s evening it’ll even show well chilled! Cheers!