2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

I love Burgundy but it is an incredibly expensive habit to keep.  When I want a beautiful Burgundian-like wine and don’t want to shell out the big bucks, I uncork a bottle of Marcel Lapierre Morgon.  I just tried the recently released 2015 vintage and was drawn into the romance of this wine yet again.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon
Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Aromas of wildflowers and cherries lead into flavors of cherries, violets, raspberries, and cloves.  This Cru Beaujolais also has waves of acidity that brighten the smooth, juicy palate. With a few hours of air, the flavors really harmonize.  Approachable now but still a baby so I would give it a couple of years if you have the patience.  One of the best values in wine, year after year!  (13.5% alcohol, $30)

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Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois

Beaujolais is often overlooked due to an unfortunate commercialization and dumbing down of the wines from the region in the past.  Thankfully, there are some fantastic producers putting out delicious wines and you can generally count on something great from Marcel Lapierre.  The winery’s 2011 Raisins Gaulois is 100% Gamay and a steal for around $12.

Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois
Marcel Lapierre 2011 Raisins Gaulois

Tasting Notes

Aromas of red cherries and strawberries are followed with tastes of more fresh, red fruit. Your taste buds are met with a medley of raspberries, cherries, and cranberries.  There are also hints of pepper and lively acidity in this food friendly, light-bodied wine.  Smooth, simple, and delicious! Serve slightly chilled.  (12% alcohol)

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with grilled chicken, baked salmon, or roasted duck.

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A Great Summer Red- Domaine Dupeuble Peré et Fils Beaujolais

Ever find yourself really wanting a glass of red wine but reaching for something white because it is just a little too warm outside?  I often have in the past so I now make sure to have a few bottles of lighter reds on hand that are best served slightly chilled.  Last week I found a new bottle to add to the collection.  Domaine Dupeuble Peré et Fils Beaujolais, imported by Kermit Lynch, is a great, lighter-bodied red that you will have no problem sipping over the summer.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Domaine Dupeuble Peré et Fils Beaujolais 2010 is 100% Gamay from France.  It has 12.5% alcohol and retails for $13.99.  For more information visit www.kermitlynch.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Domaine Dupeuble Peré et Fils Beaujolais has aromas of red cherries, strawberries, and spices.  The palate is light and lively.  There are tastes of cranberries, strawberries, and raspberries surrounded by notes of herbs and spices.  Balanced acidity and a great price point!  Serve slightly chilled and enjoy the summer season!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Serve with a cheese plate including Gouda and Camembert, grilled chicken, or deviled eggs.

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A French Bargain- 2010 Georges Descombes Régnié

Beaujolais…often disregarded and overlooked.  I will admit there are French wines that may show a little more sophistication but to ignore Beaujolais as a category is a huge mistake.  Over the weekend I uncorked a bottle of 2010 Georges Descombes Régnié and was amazed at the complexity and depth I found in this medium-bodied wine.

About the Wine- From the Winery

2010 Georges Descombes Régnié is a Gamay from the Beaujolais region of France.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $23.99.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

2010 Georges Descombes Régnié pours a bright ruby in the glass.  The nose is musty with aromas of strawberries, cherries, and spice.  The palate offers layers of dark cherries, raspberries, pepper, and vibrant acidity.  The finish is long and elegant and gives your palate time to ponder the flavors in the wine.  A wonderful wine at a very fair price.

My Wine Rating- A-

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with a charcuterie plate, grilled chicken with roasted vegetables, or Camembert cheese

*Media Sample

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A Brouilly Perfect for a BBQ- Henri Plasse Brouilly 2009

Last week’s Beaujolais tasting was a fun experience and opened my taste buds up to wines that normally aren’t on my radar.  The final Beaujolais featured in the tasting was a Brouilly from Henri Plasse.  It was the heaviest wine of the night and a welcomed finale after three lighter wines.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Henri Plasse Brouilly 2009 is a Beaujolais made from 100% Gamay grapes.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $16.99.

Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Brouilly has a smokey nose with notes of blackberry and blueberry.  This medium-bodied wine tastes of juicy blackberries, blueberries, and smoke with an earthy finish.  Because of the smokiness of the wine, it is a great match for grilled meats.  An enjoyable wine that once again, as in the other three Beaujolais, makes a great companion for a grill and a warm summer night.  If it’s been a while since you sipped a Beaujolais (or maybe you have never had the chance to indulge in a glass), grab bottle this summer and enjoy!

My Wine Rating- B-

Food Pairing Suggestions- The wine would pair well with a burger topped with grilled mushrooms and onions, BBQ ribs, or steak fajitas

*This wine was provided to me as a media sample for the purpose of participating in a live tasting event

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A Great Summer Red- Domaines des Braves Régnié 2009

Red wine will probably never be jealous over my relationship with white wine.  I much prefer to drink it any time of day with almost any food (I definitely am guilty of drinking a heavier red from time to time when it’s sweltering outside even though a chilled bottle of white is sitting right beside it).  Because of this, I love finding a light red that is perfect for the hot summer months.  This Régnié definitely fits that mold and I was excited it was part of our Beaujolais tasting line-up.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Domaines des Braves Régnié 2009 is a Beaujolais made from 100% Gamay Grapes.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for $14.99.

Now The Fun Part- Tasting The Wine

The Régnié has a nose with notes of violet, plum, and oak.  This light-bodied red tastes of ripe raspberries and plum with a spicy finish of pepper and cumin.  It displays bright acidity that is perfectly balanced with its velvety, smooth texture and mild tannins.  This wine is easy like Sunday morning…I could sip on all day.  Go enjoy a glass or two and remember it is best served just slightly chilled!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Régnié with grilled chicken, lamb, or a charcuterie plate

*This wine was provided to me as a media sample for the purpose of participating in a live tasting event

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A Balanced Beaujolais Blanc- Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc 2010

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to participate in a live tasting event hosted by Discover Beaujolais on Twitter.  Four very different bottles of Beaujolais arrived at my door last week and yesterday we had the chance to taste them and tweet about them.  Beaujolais has long been the underdog of French wines, looked down upon by many wine snobs, and viewed as a “less serious” wine.  After tasting all 4 wines, I can honestly say that while I love a great, expensive Burgundy, I really enjoyed the Beaujolais.  For under $20, each bottle delivered a wonderful wine that was easy to sip and perfect for summer BBQ’s.

The first wine we sipped was a Beaujolais Blanc from Jean-Paul Brun.  This Beaujolais Blanc is made from the Chardonnay grape and was a great way to start the tasting. (reviews of the other 3 bottles to follow next week)

About the Wine- From the Winery

Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc is 100% Chardonnay from France.  It has 12% alcohol and retails for $15.97.  For more information see www.LouisDressner.com

Now The Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

The Beaujolais Blanc has a crisp, fruity nose.  This light-bodied wine has tastes of pear, apple, and citrus that combine with nice mineral notes.  It’s not complex but it is so easy to sip and perfect for a warm summer afternoon.   Definitely give this wonderfully balanced Beaujolais Blanc from Jean-Paul Brun a try and let me know what you think!  Cheers and enjoy the weekend!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine would go perfectly with grilled seafood including tuna and sea bass.

*This wine was provided to me as a sample for the purpose of participating in a live tasting event

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