About The Producer
In the northern hills of Beaujolais lies the pastoral Villie-Morgan, one of the ten cru villages permitted to print its name on the bottle, and also considered home of one of the best wines in Beaujolais. An hour from Lyon, the second largest city in France, Villie-Morgan is a century away in atmosphere. It is also home to a group of groundbreaking and sometimes controversial winemakers know in the US as the Gang of Four.
This group, informally spearheaded by Marcel Lapierre, strives to make wines as naturally as possible, in the vineyard and in the winery. Lapierre's vines average 40 years of age, and his grapes are always picked at the latest possible moment in order to obtain the ripest possible fruit. No pesticides or chemicals are used in the vineyards and no sulfur or yeast is added during fermentation. The resulting wines are pure and fruity, not overly alcoholic, and always a pleasure to drink.
Though the family’s Morgon roots date back over 110 years, a chance encounter in 1981 changed the Lapierres’ winemaking trajectory forever. Marcel Lapierre crossed paths with Jules Chauvet, a fellow Beaujolais-based winemaker who was paving the way for the modern day natural wine movement. Chauvet first spoke out against chemicals in vineyards, creating a cult following amongst neighboring winemakers-- with Marcel Lapierre dubbed the leader of the pack. This ‘Gang of Four’ was praised for their ‘rebellious’ advocacy for late harvesting, hatred for herbicides, and minimal to no sulfur usage.
Lapierre's Morgon is one of Beaujolais' most beloved wines. The cuvée Marcel takes their work to a much different level of depth and seriousness. Relying on hundred-year-old vines with a large portion coming from the Côte du Py, cuvée Marcel Lapierre represents a major step up. It offers up impressive power, complexity, and length. Thankfully, the lift and irresistible silkiness that makes the basic Morgon so delectable are very present in this bottling.
Grape / Blend
Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
The 2019 Cuvée Marcel Lapierre is a very concentrated and intense version of the wine. Amazingly it maintains a lovely sense of delicacy and lift. You get plenty of bright fruits, soaring spices, and a lovely mineral undercurrent. When you add the velvety texture, you get a very compelling and elevated expression of Beaujolais.
This is really difficult to get - only 12 bottles were available. Scores and fans come running for this wine... it ages beautifully.
Product size: 750ml