Lapierre dans le New York Times

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Fleurie and Morgon : Greatness if Not Gravitas

It’s no secret that the Beaujolais region is not what it was. But what it was depends on how far back you want to go.

For much of its commercial life, Beaujolais was known as the ultimate vin de soif, that is, fresh, delicious, thirst-quenching wine to be guzzled by the pitcherful. By the 1980s, those days seemed long gone.

Kermit Lynch, the American importer and writer, lamented in his 1988 book, “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France,” that the lively low-alcohol wine he knew and treasured as Beaujolais could no longer be found. Instead, much of the wine in the region was going into a commodity called Beaujolais Nouveau, after the quaint local tradition of using a small portion of the new harvest to make an early-drinking wine for end-of-the-year festivals and celebrations.

The global rise in popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau, more akin to an alcoholic soft drink than a fresh wine, transformed the local wine economy. Then the collapse of the Nouveau fad nearly killed it.

What pointed the way forward was a handful of producers who had largely sat out the craze. Instead, these producers, some associated with Mr. Lynch, paid attention to working more naturally and making the best wines they could. The future, they believed, lay in focused expressions of the terroirs of the 10 crus of Beaujolais.

These areas in the northern part of the region had the sorts of poor soils — largely granite, occasionally schist — in which gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, produced the most eloquent wines. The 10 crus are: Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié and St.-Amour.

Over the last 20 years, these producers have been proved correct. They have demonstrated the greatness of these crus, even if the wines are a far cry from the style that Mr. Lynch so loved.

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More over Nouveau

le 19 octobre 2015 Presse Pas de commentaires
Camille et Mathieu Lapierre

Camille et Mathieu Lapierre

« 2014 Raisins Gaulois, Domaine Marcel Lapierre , Vin de France.
Primary fresh raspberryish aromas, light, refreshing raspberryish fruit easy-drinking quintessence of gamay expression with and juicy fresh raspberry fruit, and lively bite.
£11.99, The Solent Cellar (and other independents)

2014 Morgon, Domaine Marcel Lapierre
Pale, fresh cherryish, lightly spicy and sweetly cherryish and raspberryish, refreshingly juicy succulence and easy tannins, very rounded, especially for a Morgon, with good lively tangy freshness on the finish.
£19, Roberson (and other independents) »

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Le domaine Morgon Lapierre récompense les traducteurs de Brecht

le 19 octobre 2015 Presse Pas de commentaires

Le prix de traduction Morgon Lapierre a été remis par le fils du célèbre vigneron Marcel Lapierre au bar la Pointe du Grouin (Paris Xème) lundi 31 août. Les vainqueurs ont reçu plusieurs magnums de Morgon 2014 en récompense de leur traduction vers le français d’un poème de Bertolt Brecht, La ballade des pirates. Le texte avait été choisi en hommage à l’écrivain, éditeur et imprimeur Alain Braik, créateur de ce concours bien arrosé.


Remise du Grand Prix de traduction Morgon Lapierre à la Pointe du Grouin (Paris X)

Remise du Grand Prix de traduction Morgon Lapierre à la Pointe du Grouin (Paris X)


Guide : Wines of France

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Domaine Marcel Lapierre

5164dPH7NdL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_« The name of Marcel Lapierre became a symbol of the revival of “serious” wine in the Beaujolais. The domain itself existed be-fore the Revolution, but took its modern form after phylloxera under Marcel Lapierre’s grandfather. It was among the first in the region to bottle its own wine. Marcel Lapierre initiated the move away from the image of Beaujolais as following semi-in-dustrial techniques for making cheap and cheerful wine. Locat-ed in the town of Villié-Morgon, the domain is divided into two separate sets of buildings; we tasted the wines in a courtyard surrounded by buildings constructed just after the Revolution. Today the domain is run by Mathieu Lapierre, who is continuing his father’s focus on natural winemaking. The domain is com-pletely in Morgon, but some of the production from young vines is declassified to Vin de France; “Young Gamay is very produc-tive,” explains Mathieu. When the year is sufficiently good there is a Vieilles Vignes bottling; this is the cuvée Marcel Lapierre. Sulfur is always low, but some cuvées are bottled entirely with-out any. There’s always a difference. “There’s no rule, it de-pends on the vintage whether the wine with or without sulfur has more generosity,” Mathieu says.

My impression most often is that keeping sulfur down increases expression of fruit puri-ty. Certainly the house style is towards a certain linear purity of fruits, quite tight and precise when young, and needing some time to open out. »

Source : Wines of France, Benjamin Lewin MW


Interview Mathieu Lapierre

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Air Canada / Wine

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les bonnets rouges aussi apprécient le Morgon !

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Objet de toutes les convoitises, élément spéculatif désiré et bu pour l’étiquette, produit de grande consommation, mis en canette, mélangé à du pamplemousse…

À l’heure où le vin est devenu un véritable business interplanétaire, des centaines d’hommes et de femmes s’attachent encore à lui redonner son sens initial.
 Car le vin, c’est avant tout la boisson du plaisir. Celle qui incarne l’art de vivre, l’art de la table, mais aussi la simplicité des moments partagés entre amis.

J’ai sélectionné ici 5 bouteilles à boire avec les copains.

Pour des soirées joyeuses, autour de l’amitié et de la légèreté. Mais surtout, autour du bon vin.
Du vrai vin, vivant, facile à boire, accessible à tous. Celui qui a une histoire, celui qu’on met dans des bouteilles en verre, avec des vrais bouchons en liège… Le tout produit par des vignerons passionnés et respectueux de leur terroir.

in Vino Veritas

le 1 avril 2015 Presse Pas de commentaires

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Natural Wine may be an idea, but it’s a good one

le 1 avril 2015 Presse Pas de commentaires

What’s “nouveau” is that Beaujolais is great wine
by Bill Zacharkiw

Bill Zacharkiw

I was speaking at a private dinner function recently and I mentioned that many of my favourite red wines came from Beaujolais. Many “guffaws” were uttered around the table but that’s OK. Even though many look upon Beaujolais with a certain derision, I don’t care. I, along with others who have seen the light know that the region is home to some of the most food friendly, age worthy and delicious wines out there. And for the price you pay, they are some of the best bargain wines as well.

I can understand the hate out there. People were tricked for way too long into drinking Beaujolais Nouveau. But gone are the days when on the third Thursday of November we went and purchased our bottle of this just fermented beverage, bought a baguette and a piece of cheese, and packed it back. You drank before noon if you wanted to be truly in the spirit of things.

The reason that date was picked was so that unscrupulous producers and negociants didn’t put the wine to market too early. How it became a worldwide phenomena is beyond me. But while that craze is done with, the lingering hangover is the image of Beaujolais as a source of cheap, poorly made wines that are meant to be drunk immediately.