Marcel Lapierre was the godfather of natural winemaking in France, and his wines capture a grace and elegance unlike anything else. The Cru Beaujolais, from the small village of Morgon, is one of the greatest values on the market—though a surge in demand over the last 5 years has led to severe allocations to retailers and restaurants. The unrivaled price-to-quality ratio proves that you do not need to spend a lot to drink great wine. If you can find it, buy this one by the case and drink it often.
- After Marcel Lapierre died in 2010, his son Mathieu took the helm as winemaker.
- The wines are still farmed and crafted with Marcel’s meticulous organic methods and natural winemaking approach.
- The low-yielding vines— more than 60 years old— are harvested by hand, then fermented with natural yeast, aged in old Burgundian barrels, and bottled without fining or filtration.
Domaine Marcel Lapierre, marcel-lapierre.com ($35)