John Gilman 93
"Marcel Lapierre passed away after the 2010 vintage, leaving behind an impressive legacy of great wines that transformed a region. His son, Mathieu Lapierre had worked alongside Marcel for a few years before his passing and the 2011 vintage, which is Mathieu’s first on his own, is very much cut from the same mold as the beautiful wines his father fashioned over the course of his career, and I cannot sense any change whatsoever in the superb quality and style these wines with the generational change at the helm. The 2011 Morgon is stunning, soaring from the glass in a vibrant and sappy blend of black cherries, pomegranate, a beautiful base of soil, nutskins, woodsmoke and fresh herbs in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and very, very transparent, with a sappy core, moderate tannins and a very long, succulent and beautifully refined finish. There are not a lot of tannins on display here- rather a surprise for a 2011 Morgon- and this will be a very pure and delicious wine that drinks brilliantly right from the outset. 2013-2023."
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Little 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.