Times are changing in the Beaujolais. The evolving climate has brought threats to the region that the previous generation of vignerons did not have to confront. In the vineyards, the perils of hail, spring frost, sunburn, and drought have increased dramatically, forcing growers to think hard and act fast to avoid the consequences: tiny yields, unruly fermentations, overripe fruit, high alcohol, microbiological spoilage, and the simple risk of producing wines that lack that irresistibly Beaujolais pleasure factor. If there is one domaine we would expect to rise to the times, it is Mathieu and Camille Lapierre’s property in Villié-Morgon. At the cutting edge of forward-thinking practices ever since their father, Marcel, embraced Jules Chauvet’s natural farming and winemaking philosophy in the early 1980s, the domaine has stayed true to its history, never resting on its laurels while carrying forth with diligence and scientific rigor. “We used to be the last in the region to harvest,” recalls Mathieu, referring to an era when grapes were commonly picked underripe, only to be corrected via manipulations in the cellar. “Now, we are among the first.” Their newly arrived 2019s demonstrate how they have only continued to grow in the face of newfound challenges. Their Morgons have the brilliant purity we know and love from the Lapierres’ trademark low-intervention techniques, along with the seductive fruit, spice, and minerality we expect from old-vine, whole-cluster Gamay grown in its preferred terroir. And don’t worry—the pleasure factor is as strong as ever in these new releases.
The domaine’s flagship bottling, crafted from vines averaging sixty years old from a variety of sites across the Morgon appellation. Inviting aromatics, succulent flesh, juicy finish. Bottled with no added sulfur.
A selection of the domaine’s oldest vines—more than a century in age—including prime parcels on Morgon’s imposing Côte du Py. Deep structure, with a finesse that pampers the palate. Seamless and weightless, this is truly sublime cru Beaujolais.
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