The late Marcel Lapierre was an icon to artisan producers of top-quality Beaujolais. Working his vineyards near Villié-Morgon, in the Cru Beaujolais appellation of Morgon, Marcel began employing techniques that at the time were considered radical: organic viticulture, natural yeasts, minimal or no use of sulfur dioxide, unfiltered bottling. This style of production is often referred to as “à l’ancien” or “in the old manner,” and today has become widespread among quality growers. The domaine is now run by Marcel’s son, Mathieu, who continues to work according to the ideals of his father and the traditions he created. He farms 15 hectares of 70 year old vines planted to granitic soils.
“Lots of red and black bramble fruit on the nose with flowers, wet earth, old vine, moss and citrus peel, following through to a medium-to full-bodied palate with light, round tannins and a bright, vivid finish. It develops beautifully in the glass giving more and more purity of fruit and creamy round tannins. Low sulfur. From one of the masters of Beaujolais. Drink now.” 95 Points, James Suckling