This is my favorite Beaujolais producer. I was first introduced to these wines while drinking a lineup of bottles with 8-10 years of age at a restaurant mid-way between Chablis and the Côte d’Or. They were sensational. Since then I have purchased at least a few bottles every vintage but they never last around my house. Aged Lapierre is not easy to find! We drink it too fast!
One day I hope to visit and taste wines in Beaujolais. My curiosity is growing rapidly andLapierre is high on the list of vignerons worthy of attention. Ok fine…it is the first place I want to go. Founded in 1904 Marcel took over from his father in 1973 and by 1981 was firmly ensconced in the teachings of Jules Chauvet. It was Chauvet who spoke out against chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the 1950s and advocated the importance of natural wines through traditional vineyard care. Dispel those past experiences with drab bottles of Gamay or reading about overly processed Beaujolais from mass-market producers. We don’t sell that jazz here at Les Marchands. This is the top caliber offering to get if you are curious about the region.
The Morgon comes from 60-year old vines on a 10-hectare parcel. All Lapierre bottlings are created with the same set of principles—low yields, organic farming, manually harvested as late as possible during the season, rigorous sorting of the grapes, indigenous yeasts, whole cluster fermentation, aged in used barrels from Burgundy with a range of 3-13 harvest turns and bottled unfiltered.
For wines, those viticulture and vinification principles are like getting a tailor made suit, or a fully farm harvested and cooked meal, or your favorite musician singing just to you in an acoustically proper venue. It is a foundation built to deliver exactly what you desire from a wine that is a representative for the varietal and region.