Raisins gaulois, Domaine Lapierre, Beaujolais, France 2020
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Throughout his career, Marcel Lapierre and a small group of other vignerons and winemakers in the region, made it their mandate to maintain the viticultural and winemaking traditions of Beaujolais. These traditional practices valued old vines, no synthetic herbacides, pesticides, late harvesting, sorting grapes and using only the healthiest, minimal or no sulphur and zero chaptilization. Marcel once said, “Our ideal is to make wine from 100% grape juice.” Marcel passed away in 2010 and now his work is carried on by his talented son Mathieu.
Raisins gaulois 2020
The ‘Raisins gaulois’ cuvée takes the Vin de France appellation, because the Beaujolais’ governing body decided to do away with the Vin de Pays designation in Beaujolais, leaving only the appellations and Vin de France. The wine is still almost all from the cru of Morgon, with a little bit of AOC Beaujolais as well. Mostly young-vine Morgon, bottled just after a winter settling in screwcap.
This wine has explosive and fresh aromas of red fruits and a bright juicy palate. It is classic Lapierre, super natural, pure, brilliant Beaujolais. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy young.