In the northern hills of Beaujolais
lies the pastoral Villie-Morgan
, one of the ten cru villages permitted to print its name on the bottle, and also considered home of one of the best wines in Beaujolais
. An hour from Lyon, the second largest city in France, Villie-Morgan
is a century away in atmosphere. It is also home to a group of groundbreaking and sometimes controversial winemakers know in the US as the Gang of Four.
This group, informally spearheaded by Marcel Lapierre
, strives to make wines as naturally as possible, in the vineyard and in the winery. Lapierre's vines average 40 years of age, and his grapes are always picked at the latest possible moment in order to obtain the ripest possible fruit. No pesticides or chemicals are used in the vineyards and no sulfur or yeast is added during fermentation. The resulting wines are pure and fruity, not overly alcoholic, and always a pleasure to drink.