Marcel Lapierre assumed control of his family's small domain in Morgon in 1973. Eight years later, Lapierre, along with rest of what would come to be known as the Gang of Four-- Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Folliard-- fell under the spell of the outspoken winemaker, researcher and chemist Jules Chauvet-- one of the first to espouse natural, non-interventionist winegrowing practices in the Beaujolais
. At Domaine Marcel Lapierre, this commitment to unadulterated wines begins in the vineyard where biodynamic and organic practices are used, and care is taken to preserve the yeasts living on the bunches
From its eleven granitic hectares of vines (average age: 45 years), Lapierre makes deeply concentrated and unusually powerful Morgon that is considered by some to be the best in the village that boasts the greatest number of serious producers in Beaujolais. Since Marcel's death at the end of the harvest in 2010, his son Mathieu has assumed full responsibility for the domain, keeping Lapierre's legacy alive and well.
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Made from the Gamay grape, the red wines of Beaujolais are mostly exuberantly fruity and brisk wines that are often served lightly chilled for added refreshment. There is also a small amount of white Beaujolais, made from Chardonnay, but little of this is exported to the U.S. Today, the overwhelming majority of Beaujolais production is controlled by negociants, of whom Georges Duboeuf is the undisputed king.
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