Morgon is a town in the Beaujolais region with certain privileges of geography – like a hill made of crumbling granite planted with old Gamay vines. Morgon was the incubator of the latter day natural wine revolution. Here is where a small band of organic farmers in the 1980s turned back the once inevitable invasion of industrial techniques.
Marcel Lapierre is its Marcus Belgrave.*
Short Name: Morgon (more-GOAN)
Full Name: 2013 Beaujolais Cru Morgon
Producer: Domaine Marcel Lapierre – Mathieu Lapierre
Geography: France, north of the Rhone valley, south of Burgundy
$12 glass, $44 bottle
Varieties: Gamay 100%
Description: Strawberry jam, tea, mulling spices. Charming and complex.
Comparables: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, light red
Pairings: Savory egg dishes such as quiche. Charcuterie. Also Poultry. Potatoes. Roots. Some vegetarian, seafood, salad, and soups.
Interesting Technical Facts: One of the original “natural wines” , farmed organic since 1981. 60 year old vines, hand-harvested. No added yeasts, sugar. Unfiltered.
More Info: http://www.marcel-lapierre.com/#/home
*(Because Jules Chauvet was its Ray Charles, Jean Foillard is its Joshua Redman, and Jean Paul Brun is its Mose Allison … alright – YOU think of an analogy!)