Marcel Lapierre died yesterday in Lyon, France age 60. Marcel was one of the very earliest pioneers in the organic wine movement. He revitalized the world of Beaujolais by avoiding the use of chemicals and adopting organic viticulture. He started using only the grape's native yeasts to induce fermentation and he also severely reduced or eliminated the sulfur dioxide added to his wines. Kermit Lynch was an early supporter and fan and imported his wines to the United States. The world of organic wine owes a world of gratitude and debt to Marcel Lapierre and we are sad at his passing.