Marcel Lapierre 'Cuvee' Morgon 2011
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"After Marcel Lapierre's (probably the pioneer of natural viticulture in Beaujolais) untimely death in 2010, his son Mathieu continues the historic estate in his fathers spirit. The wines of Lapierre are extremely elegant and aromatic, especially for the Morgon appelation and 2011 is no exception as it is considered a great vintage in Beaujolais. Texturally they remind us of a fine Chambolle Musigny wine. The viticulture of Lapierre is known as being exemplary, without ... read more
Item ID: #12381
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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"After Marcel Lapierre's (probably the pioneer of natural viticulture in Beaujolais) untimely death in 2010, his son Mathieu continues the historic estate in his fathers spirit. The wines of Lapierre are extremely elegant and aromatic, especially for the Morgon appelation and 2011 is no exception as it is considered a great vintage in Beaujolais. Texturally they remind us of a fine Chambolle Musigny wine. The viticulture of Lapierre is known as being exemplary, without chemical herbicides, cultured yeasts or other chemical additions in the cellar. Only a bit of sulfur is being added before bottling, which usually takes place without fining or filtration. Besides the very aromatic Morgon from 2011, there is the Top Cuvée MMXI! The Cuvée MMXI has now been renamed as Cuvée Marcel Lapierre in honor of the man who did so much for this domaine." ~ Winery notes

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Marcel LaPierreLittle would we know that when Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973, he was on the road to becoming a legend. In 1981, his path would be forever changed by Jules Chauvet, a man whom many now call his spiritual godfather. Chauvet was a winemaker, a researcher, a chemist, and a viticultural prophet. It was he who, upon the advent of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the 1950s, first spoke out for "natural wine," harkening back to the traditional methods of the Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel spearheaded a group that soon took up the torch of this movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. These rebels called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and disdaining chaptalization. Sadly, the end of the 2010 vintage was Marcel's last. He passed away at the end of the harvest--a poetic farewell for a man that forever changed our perception of Beaujolais. His son Mathieu and daughter Camille confidently continue the great work that their father pioneered, now introducing biodynamic vineyard practices and ensuring that Marcel's legacy lives on.

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