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2016 Raisins Gaulois

M. & C. Lapierre

2016 Raisins Gaulois M. & C. Lapierre - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
I recall many years ago when Marcel Lapierre pulled me aside and asked if I thought Kermit and our clients would like his new “petit vin.” When I asked him what it was, he told me, “It’s a wine... that you drink like a beer... when you don’t really want to drink a beer.” What’s not to like about that? To this day, I continue to follow his  advice, buy it by the case, and drink it cold, out of a simple glass cup. Like a beer, sure, but much better.

Chris Santini

$16.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gamay
Appellation: Vin de France
Country: France
Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Marcel Lapierre
Winemaker: Mathieu Lapierre
Vineyard: < 20 yrs, 1.5 ha
Soil: Granitic Gravel
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 11.5%

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About Beaujolais

After years of the region’s reputation being co-opted by mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau and the prevalence of industrial farming, the fortunes of vignerons from the Beaujolais have been on the rise in the past couple of decades. Much of this change is due to Jules Chauvet, a prominent Beaujolais producer who Kermit worked with in the 1980s and arguably the father of the natural wine movement, who advocated not using herbicides or pesticides in vineyards, not chaptalizing, fermenting with ambient yeasts, and vinifying without SO2. Chief among Chauvet’s followers was Marcel Lapierre and his three friends, Jean Foillard, Guy Breton, and Jean-Paul Thévenet—a group of Morgon producers who Kermit dubbed “the Gang of Four.” The espousal of Chauvet’s methods led to a dramatic change in quality of wines from Beaujolais and with that an increased interest and appreciation for the AOC crus, Villages, and regular Beaujolais bottlings.

The crus of Beaujolais are interpreted through the Gamay grape and each illuminate the variety of great terroirs available in the region. Distinguishing itself from the clay and limestone of Burgundy, Beaujolais soils are predominantly decomposed granite, with pockets of blue volcanic rock. The primary vinification method is carbonic maceration, where grapes are not crushed, but instead whole clusters are placed in a tank, thus allowing fermentation to take place inside each grape berry.

Much like the easy-going and friendly nature of many Beaujolais vignerons, the wines too have a lively and easy-drinking spirit. They are versatile at table but make particularly good matches with the local pork sausages and charcuterie. Though often considered a wine that must be drunk young, many of the top crus offer great aging potential.

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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