|Grape/Varietal : Gamay||Color : Red|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Beaujolais||ABV : 13.5%|
|Vintage : 2017||Natural Factor: Organic|
Established in the beginning of the 20th century, the estate has seen 3 generations succeeding. In 1971 when Marcel Lapierre took over the estate, a real revolution was simmering. Marcel Lapierre, a pioneer in natural viticulture, is the most emblematic figure in Morgon, he became a legend by totally reinventing the appellation and imposing a very personal vision of winemaking and winegrowing based on the understanding of the microbiological composition of the soil. Highly influenced by Jules Chauvet, founder of the natural wines theories, he was the first to produce non-filtered and non-sulphur-added wines. He became a role model for the younger generation of winemakers in Beaujolais. After Marcel’s death in 2010 it is his son Mathieu, working in the estate since 2005 and carrying on with the same philosophy, who became in charge.
The estate counts 13 hectares in Villie-Morgon, including 2 hectares of the Cru Cote de Py, as expected the plots are all old vines with an average of 60 years old. The Morgon special “Cuvee Marcel Lapierre” is made exclusively with century vines.
The cultural technics put the emphasis on the preservation of the biological complexity of the soil and the vigour of the roots. Minerality and richness of the terroir are the key elements here.
The methods used are as traditional as they are revolutionary, and strikingly backwards from the mass standardization practices operating in Beaujolais nowadays. Grapes are picked very late to ensure a perfect level of ripeness, they are carefully sorted, the harvest needs to be the healthiest possible in order to limit the intervention in the cellar. The grapes undergo a typical Beaujolais semi-carbonic maceration without the addition of sulphur or industrial yeasts, the wines are aged in their fine lees for 9 months in oak barrels they are then bottled without fining or filtering, some S02 can be added for conservation reasons and only at the client’s request.
The resultant wines are a sublime and pure expression of Gamay combined with the complexity you can find in the terroir of Morgon. They boast cherry, licorice and hints of violet, they can achieve a highly impressive level of finesse and depth.
"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 to close. Short carbonic maceration and juice is racked off during the carbonic process. A captivatingly powerful but focused Morgon. " - James Suckling
Pairs Well With:
Thai Red Curry w/ Grilled Squid
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