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Marcel & Marie Lapierre; Vin de Table, Gamay Raisins Gaulois 2011

Essential statistics

Country France
Region Burgundy
Vineyard Marcel & Marie Lapierre
Volume 0.75l
ABV 12.5
Vintage 2011
Grapes Gamay
Type Table Wine, Organic Wine, Natural Wine
Style Light Body, Dry, Crisp, Aromatic, Fruity
Critic score 88 David Schildknecht,
15 Jancis Robinson
Window Ready, but will keep
Delivery Estimate


The Raisins Gaulois is fun incarnate – drinking this wine offers indecent pleasure. You have to like a cheekily-monickered wine with a cartoon label of a geezer swallowing a bunch of grapes (evidently taking his wine in tablet form). Gummy Gamay, do not pass go, do not collect tannin, a redcurrant jam jamboree which just manages to steer clear of sweetness by virtue of a thwack of liquorice on the finish. You’re madder than Mad Jack McMad if you don’t serve this well chilled.

Note for the 2010 vintage
From vines in a less-than-top location behind his winery, Lapierre bottles a “vin de France” known as 2010 Raisins Gaulois that epitomizes several of this estate’s cardinal virtues and is in effect its Beaujolais nouveau. (“But if I labeled it that way,” insists Mathieu Lapierre, “nobody would buy it.”) Light and refreshing but at the same time subtly soothing in mid-palate impression; bursting with strawberry and blackberry whose tart berry skins – along with a nip of CO2 – enhance a sense of finishing invigoration, this is eminently quaffable stuff (much more so than had been the corresponding 2009) to enjoy over the next few months while waiting for the arrival of a 2011. A suggestion of nuttiness reflects the wine’s low sulfur.

Juicy red fruit - lovely! So light and lithe. Airy but complete.

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Recipe:

Burgundy Burgundy, in the Cote d’Or, where the Pinot Noir grape reigns supreme in its famous reds. Think Nuits St Georges, Gevrey Chambertin, Vosne Romanee. Chablis, where the Chardonnay grape generally unoaked produces crisp citrusy white’s, Maconais for the softer Pouilly Fuisse and the Cote de Beaune where the greatest whites are produced in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet. From the reds expect elegance, ruby colour and good complexity. They are excellent with red meat and game. The whites range from rich buttery flavour through to crisp, steely tones. Great to accompany fish dishes or as an aperitif.

Marcel & Marie Lapierre