Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973. The winery dates back to the early 1900’s. In 1981 Marcel met Jules Chauvet. A winemaker, researcher and chemist, Chavet preached for natural wines and the traditional methods of Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel led a group that soon went to the forefront of this movement. Kermit Lynch called this group the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. Sadly Marcel passed away in 2010. His son Mathieu and daughter Camille continue the work that their father pioneered, now introducing biodynamic vineyard practices and ensuring that Marcel’s legacy lives on.
Ruby red in color. 13% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, rose petals and forest floor. Medium body with medium acidity. Fresh and vibrant. Cherries, cranberries, earth and minerals on the palate. The finish is exquisite. Lovely Beaujolais. Tremendous now but should age gracefully for another 3-5 years. No experience here but I have heard this wine could make 20 years of age effortlessly. Perhaps I’ll roll the dice on this with one of my bottles. This is a wine you should be buying year in and year out.
My rating: 93 points.
Marcel Lapierre Morgon is one of the great wine value in the world. The 2015 vintage, released late last year, was just a little over $20 per bottle. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case.
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