Raisins Gaulois 2009 Marcel Lapierre, Burgundy, France

It seems as though everybody in the wine world is yammering on about how awesome 2009 was for most wine producing regions in France – with Bordeaux garnering most of the headlines.  Beaujolais wines are the first wines available from 2009 and therefore your quickest means to trying some 2009 for yourself. I just tried a very impressive 2009 Raisins Gaulois Vin de France from Marcel Lapierre.  Mr. Lapierre is a radical Beaujolais producer who snickers at the whole idea of Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) governance for a number of his offerings.  He pushes out wines that are as fresh and real as if you squeezed the juice from a handful of grapes right into your mouth.  And isn’t that what a proper Beaujolais should be all about?  If Lapierre was a French fashion designer he would be Jean-Paul Gaultier as opposed to the vast majority of Beaujolais producers better suited for comparisons to Chanel.

This wine is juicy and sassy, with berry flavours and even some spearmint on the finish. So as your well heeled friends are thinking about investing in ’09 Bordeaux futures, jump to the head of the line and order a case of this very affordable small run wine and forget about future value. Enjoy it over the course of the summer and put the rest of the money you would have spent on just a single bottle of premier cru Bordeaux into a sound investment.  I don’t know enough about ultra high end wine valuation to be handing out investment advice, but with the case of Raisins Gaulois you will end up  drinking wine like a Rock Star for twelve nights.

While you are living like a Rock Star chugging down (moderately) this wine, crank your stereo up to 11 and air guitar along to Lyla by Oasis.  This song is about a girl with a flowery name who breaks out of a life of monotony and blossoms while living life to the fullest… just like the Raisins Gaulois 2009.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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