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Expert Picks: Chateau Fuisse and Domaine Lapierre

Posted on | September 11, 2014 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014When most people think of great red Burgundy, more often than not they forget about or fail to mention Beaujolais. The wines produced in Beaujolais may not rival Grand Crus from the Cote d’Or, but they’re neither the same grape nor do they aim to challenge Burgundy Grand Crus. However, I could make a strong argument that the finest Beaujolais can rival many Premier Crus and for a fraction of the price. Below are two producers that everyone should know about.

Chateau Fuisse 2011 Morgon Charmes Cru du Beaujolais $29.99

This is seriously complex Beaujolais and an absolute stunner at $29! Wrapping the palate with ripe and dense flavors and displaying a core of mineral earthiness, a Morgon Beaujolais is one of the more exemplary Crus to showcase the unique terroir differences of Beaujolais.

Domaine Lapierre 2009 Beaujolais Morgon Cuvee Romaine 1.5L $129.00

2009 is perhaps the best vintage for Beajolias, hands down. There is a serious amount of concentration and structure never before seen in the Gamay grape, so it was quite an eye-opening vintage for many wine lovers. The late, great Marcel Lapierre raised the bar in Beaujoleais, and the domaine that bears his name is still the foremost producer in Morgon. This rare magnum bottling displays Morgon’s winemaking prowess to its fullest extent.

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