This silky Julienas - a blend of two different Julienas wines made by different winemakers - shows classic flavors of juicy red and black berries - black cherries, raspberries and pomegranate. On the palate there is a solid structure and very zesty acidi
The wine here is a little darker and richer than the Lapierre Morgon 2017, still retaining the luxurious and silky trademark of wines from Lapierre. It is a blend of two Julienas Beaujolais Cru wines - one from Lapierre, the other from Pascalet his cousin. This silky Julienas, shows classic flavors of juicy red and black berries - black cherries, raspberries and pomegranate. On the palate there is a solid structure and very zesty acidity. Pair with roasted meats, game birds, rich stews and ragouts, lamb, pork.
This Beaujolais Cru wine is grown on the Côte de Bessay, which is a single parcel of 6 acres north and above of the village of Julienas at the border of the St Amour appelation in southern France. One half the parcel is classified as St Amour AOC, the other as Julienas AOC. Mathieu Lapierre holds a long contract with this vineyard owner. Together with his cousin, Christophe Pacalet, they work the parcel and vinify the wine following Lapierre's strict guidelines.
When Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine in the Beaujolais region in France from his father in 1973, he was on the way to becoming a legend. His journey to legendary status would be forever changed by Jules Chauvet - a winemaker, chemist, and some say, a viticultural prophet. When chemical fertilizers and pesticides first appeared in vineyards in the 1950s, it was Chauvet who first spoke out for more “natural wine,” referencing back to the traditional methods of the Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel and this group carried the torch of this movement. They called for a return to old practices of viticulture and vinification: beginning with old vines, abandoning the use of synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorous selection of only the healthiest grapes, adding minimal or no doses of sulfur dioxide, and no chaptalization. Wines are bottled unfiltered. Sadly, at the end of the 2010 vintage, Marcel passed away. Today his son Mathieu and daughter Camille carry on his legacy.