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, flowers, earth and gravel. Light to medium body with ample acidity. Supremely elegant. Cherry, cranberry, earth and minerals on the palate. Medium length on the finish. The ’09 Lapierre was my first notable foray into the wines of Beaujolais. This was my next to last bottle of a batch that has drank so well for almost a decade now. Best over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 91 points.
Marcel Lapierre Morgon is one of the great wine values in the world. The 2019 vintage was recently released and should be available in the $40 range. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case.