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Beaujolais' G.O.A.T. Returns: Lapierre's Luscious 2022 Morgon

Stylized image of Lapierre Morgon 2022

Lapierre's Morgon is back! On some level, that's really all there is to say. We all know it's one of the most delicious wines in the world. And we've all talked about how Marcel, with his buds in Beaujolais, basically invented the Natural Wine Movement™ by focusing on fastidious (organic and biodynamic) farming, and winemaking that eschewed all unnecessary interventions. After so many years of such masterful wine, it would be easy just to take this gem for granted.

But let's take a moment to really appreciate what the Lapierre family has given us. Marcel and his "gang," in addition to creating a wine movement, also resurrected a region that had become known for nothing but cheap, industrial-scale wines. Considering the talented winemakers there, and the excellent terroir found in Crus (See our guide to the 10 crus of Beaujolais) like Morgon, Fleurie, and Côte de Brouilly, it's easy to forget that not long ago, Beaujolais was far off most wine lovers' radar

The Lapierre Morgon in particular has shown us something additional. When Marcel passed there were momentarily concerns about what would happen to the wines. Could this special, special Morgon continue to exist after he had left us? The answer was, of course, an emphatic "Yes!" His children, Mathieu and Camille, have produced wines with all of the old magic.

They've proven that the Lapierre Morgon was more than just a personal project of Marcel's; he built something that has now been transmitted across a generation and survived the man himself. It has become part of the local tradition. When we drink Lapierre Morgon we are part of a process not only of reinvention, but also of continuity. What a rare opportunity!

Marcel Lapierre, Morgon, 2022 $45.99


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