France: Burgundy

Heart of Beaujolais

Southern crus and communes from Lancié to Tarare
By Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Domaine M Lapierre

Address: Domaine des Chênes, 69910 Villié-Morgon
Tel: 04 74 04 23 89  Fax: 04 74 69 14 40
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:9:37N (46.16034)    Longitude: 4:40:52E (4.68119) 

The ‘father’ of the region’s return to classic winemaking traditions and mentor to the best young growers, Marcel Lapierre, who died in 2010, was something of a legend; his wine have always tasted like wine, light years away from the facile tutti-frutti style of much technological Beaujolais. His son Mathieu joined the estate in 2005 and continues the traditions of natural winemaking started by his father. The vineyards lie below the village of Villié-Morgon, though he also has a hectare on the Côte de Py. He applies rigorous standards from the vine to the glass. Over 90% of the vines, now on average 40 years old, have been organically cultivated since 1981 though they have only recently applied for certification. One vineyard has been worked by biodynamic viticulture for the past few years. Whole grape bunches are first fermented in medium-sized wooden vats, only indigenous yeasts are used, with no chaptalisation - not a gram of added sugar goes into the must. Towards the end of the fermentation (about 15 days) the infant wine is transferred to small barrels, where it spends another six months before bottling. No SO2 is added unless the importer requests it.


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