Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, Beaujolais, France 2015

Domaine Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, Beaujolais, France 2015


Domaine Marcel Lapierre makes wines from 70 years-old Gamay grapes in Morgon Beaujolais. Marcel Lapierre, known as the rock star of the region, has the philosophy of producing "natural wine". A natural wine is more than organic wine, in addition to growing the grapes organically, no synthetic additives are used during winemaking process which keeps the wine alive with subtle character and aromas.

Notes of violets, red cherries and orange zest. Lively fruit character with fine tannins. Enjoyable young and fresh or kept at least ten years to see how it approaches its cousin Pinot Noir with ageing. One of the best Beaujolais Cru from Morgon!

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93 points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker-Wine Advocate: The 2015 Morgon has a clean and vibrant bouquet with perfumed dark cherries, redcurrant, a touch of gravel and touches of rose petal. The palate is nicely structured, brimming over with energy. The acidity is very well judged, quite sturdy as Morgon should be, no hard edges here but just the background "hum" of tension from start to finish. This is just a superb Morgon from Mathieu and Camille Lapierre.. 


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Domaine Marcel Lapierre

Domaine Marcel Lapierre is based in the village of Morgon in Beaujolais, making wines from Gamay grapes in a natural style. Michel Lapierre arrived in Morgon in the early 1900s and began work as a cellar master for various domains in the region. His grand-son, Marcel, took over in 1973 and began to explore the idea of making wines with the least amount of intervention with the help of Jules Chauvet, a chemist, researcher and viticulturist.


Marcel Lapierre's Beaujolais wines are made with a combination of modern innovation and age-old techniques. Sulfur is used in some vintages only when it is really necessary, the yeasts used are all wild and the vineyards are managed biodynamically. The grapes are harvested at the peak of their ripeness, even if this means harvesting plot by plot or bunch by bunch, and the wines then typically spend between two and nine months in oak before release.

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Morgon is one of the ten Beaujolais crus located on the slopes of the Beaujolais hills on the western side of the Saone River. The wines made here from the Gamay grape tend to be denser than those made in much of the rest of Beaujolais, often with cherry and dark fruit characters and a fleshy, juicy texture that is not common in Beaujolais wines.

Unlike other crus in Beaujolais, Morgon wines age so distinctively and consistently.