Ross' Weekly Sip: M & C Laiperre

Hello Mike’s fans,

This week I’m presenting to you a couple of spectacular wines, both made in very small quantities, produced by one of the world’s top producers and visionaries.  These are the wines of M & C Laiperre, the masters of Gamay, the most iconic name in Cru Beaujolais. 

We all know of the fruity, bubble-gummy, curiously chuggable juice, Beaujolais Nouveau, produced in massive quantity for immediate release, right as Thanksgiving is around the corner. 

These are not those wines…

These wines are produced in the Morgon AOC, one of the ten top appellations designated only for the top-quality wines produced within Beaujolais.  They are age worthy, and in their best examples, impeccably balanced, rivaling the top wines of their northern counterparts, on the hillsides of Burgundy. 

The Lapierre estate was taken over in 1973 by Marcel Lapierre, a student of the natural wine movements founder, Jules Chauvet.  Marcel, along with his colleagues Jean Foillard, Guy Breton and Jean-Paul Thévenet, would go on to reestablish a quality of wine in Beaujolais lost for nearly 400 years.  They introduced to the world the practices of cultivating old vines, natural fermentations, alternatives to pesticides (which in the 70’s was a BIG deal) and minimizing the use of additional sulfur in the winery.  Famous US importer Kermit Lynch would later dug them the ‘Gang of Four,’ as the four producers that forever changed the way we drink wine. 

Sadly, Marcel passed away in 2010, poetically, in his chair, as the last grapes were being brought in from harvest.  Today, his son and daughter, Mathieu & Camille, continue his tradition of producing the best Gamay has to offer. 

We will have two offerings of Lapierre wines available at all three Mike’s locations.  The Morgon AOC will be available in extremely limited quantities, and we don’t expect to see it around very long.  The declassified ‘Raisins Gaulois,’ produced from vines under 20 years old and almost entirely from the Morgon AOC, will be available in greater quantity and gives an outstanding glimpse into the world of Cru Beaujolais. 

2017 Raisins Gaulois $16.99

2017 Morgon AOC $30.99

Our idea is to make wine from 100% Grape Juice.

                                                            -Marcel Lapierre

Cheers!

Ross Jackson

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