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. 13.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, citrus and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Fresh, vibrant and earthy. Cherry, blood orange, spearmint and black tea on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Really compelling Beaujolais that has only gotten better since my last bottle a little over a year ago. Best over the next several years.
My rating: 92 points.
Despite price increases in recent years Marcel Lapierre Morgon is still one of the great wine values in the world. The 2021 vintage will be released soon and should be available in the $40 range. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case and in this past year was fortunate enough to buy a few magnums as well.