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.
Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Beautiful nose of red fruits, earth, flowers and minerals. Medium body with ample acidity. Earthy with a rustic elegance. Cherries, soil, blood and mushrooms on the palate. Medium length on the finish. The nose on this wine is stunning but the rest of the package is not markedly different than the regular bottling. I was hoping for more from Cuvee Marcel in a stellar vintage. Drink over the next several years.
My rating: 90 points.
Marcel Lapierre Morgon is one of the great wine values in the world. The 2018 vintage was recently released and runs about $35. One of the very few wines that I would still consider buying by the case. I have not yet seen the ’18 Cuvee Marcel.