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.
This particular vintage was overseen in the vineyard by Marcel. After he passed away Mathieu made the wine.
Light red in color. 13% ABV. Regal nose of red fruits, flowers and damp forest floor. Light to medium body with plenty of acidity. Ripe and rich with a depth of flavors. Bing cherries, strawberries and an explosion on minerals on the palate. The finish is long and seductive. Delicious Beaujolais that never fails to impress. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 92 points.
Marcel Lapierre Morgon is one of the great wine value in the world. The 2016 vintage, released earlier this year, is just a little over $20 per bottle. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case.