Marcel Lapierre

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.

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Marcel Lapierre Julienas 2017
Very limited wine from this iconic Morgon producer. Marcel's children have taken the reigns since his tragic passing and they are doing a fantastic job of keeping the wines unchanged and delicious. • Old-vines with naturally low yields  • Organic farming used to stimulate the natural immune system
Item Number: 30884
Bottle:$29.95
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Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2017 1.5L
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 Some very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced black cherries and blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2017
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 Some very stony and flinty aromas with graphite. Red and dark plums, too. Smells fresh and very complex already. The palate has great density and a fine, compressed tannin texture, as well as a very focused finish. Spiced black cherries and blackberries, cassis and dark chocolate

Marcel LaPierre Raisins Gaulois 2017
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" This cuvee takes the Vin de France appellation, because the Beaujolais’ governing body decided to do away with the Vin de Pays designation in Beaujolais, leaving only the appellations and Vin de France. The wine is still almost all from the cru of Morgon, with a little bit of A.O.C. Beaujolais as

Marcel Lapierre Julienas 2016 1.5L
" The Lapierre estate has come out with this new Beaujolais from fruit purchased in the village of Juliénas. While we're long fans of their Morgon, this new bottling is nothing short of delicious." ~ Winery notes

Marcel Lapierre Julienas 2016
" The Lapierre estate has come out with this new Beaujolais from fruit purchased in the village of Juliénas. While we're long fans of their Morgon, this new bottling is nothing short of delicious." ~ Winery notes

Marcel LaPierre Raisins Gaulois 2016
I recall many years ago when Marcel Lapierre pulled me aside and asked if I thought Kermit and our clients would like his new “petit vin.” When I asked him what it was, he told me, “It’s a wine... that you drink like a beer... when you don’t really want to drink a beer.” What’s not to like about

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2016
The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2016 1.5L
The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2015
From vines averaging 70 years of age, Lapierre Morgon 2015 is vibrant and lively. Ruby-red in color, the nose has notes of violets, licorice, and pepper. Graceful on the palate, the pepper-like flavors mesh with dark cherry and mineral notes, and the fresh acidity keeps it all very nicely balanced.

Marcel LaPierre Raisins Gaulois 2015
Made by the son of celebrity Beaujolais winemaker, Marcel Lapierre, who had murals painted for him around Paris upon his passing. The wine, primarily Gamay from Morgon, is pure fun, fresh, juicy, refreshing and joyous. This wine is perfect anytime.

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Chateau Cambon 2013
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"This comes from 100% Gamay Noir all hand-picked in October. The wine undergoes carbonic maceration with natural yeasts in an enamel tank, separated by parcel. Some pumping over might be used to stimulate activity. All wine is moved to Foudre to rest on lees. Finally the wine is bottled with little

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Morgon (sulfited) was bottled on 13 March, around a month prior to my visit. It has a pleasant red cherry and smudged strawberry bouquet that is a little reticent at first but then warms up in your presence. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy, ripe tannin and a

Marcel LaPierre Raisins Gaulois 2014
" When Marcel Lapierre passed away murals were painted in Paris for him. This ruby color lovely, natural Gamay from celebrity Beaujolais winemaker Marcel Lapierre is full of raisins, dried cranberry and red currant fruit and lively acidity. As it's made from declassified fruit and bottled as a

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2013
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" The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Chateau Cambon 2012
"The standard line on Beaujolais is to seek out wine from the region's crus—13 grape-growing areas that have proven themselves worthy. But some of the best-value bottlings are made elsewhere. Château Cambon comes from a small vineyard that, despite being nestled between two prestigious crus and not

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2012
"The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines

Marcel Lapierre 'Cuvee' Morgon 2011
"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

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2011 3.0L
"The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2011 1.5L
93  John Gilman 
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

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2011 375ml
"The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines

Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2011
"The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines

Domaine Marcel Lapierre Chateau Cambon Beaujolais 2010
87  International Wine Cellar 
 International Wine Cellar 87 "Bright purple. Smoke-accented cherry and dark berry aromas show a distinctly wild character. Chewy in texture, with a sneaky sweetness to the bitter cherry and herb flavors. Closes with gentle grip and good length, leaving smoke and cured meat notes behind." ~JR 

Marcel LaPierre Morgon 2010 375ml
92  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 92 "Scents of ripe red berries mingle flatteringly with perfume of peony and buddleia as well as a smoky aura of black tea. Slightly less soothing or creamy but more vibrant than its April-bottled counterpart, this finishes with a more saline but equally long, saliva-inducing and

Marcel LaPierre Raisins Gaulois 2013
"This cuvee takes the Vin de France appellation, because the Beaujolais governing body decided to do away with the Vin de Pays designation in Beaujolais, leaving only the appellations and Vin de France. The wine is still almost all from the cru of Morgon, with a little bit of A.O.C. Beaujolais as