One of our favourite producers, the wines of Domaine Lafarge are much loved for their purity, finesse and understated grace. Often shy in youth, their confidence grows with age. The riper 2015 vintage serves this domaine well, coaxing out their personalities quicker and adding an extra layer in weight and flavour to these elegant beauties. Their ebullient nature hides underlying intricacies that make you squeal with delight when they are finally revealed!
Based in Volnay, the family have been working their vines biodynamically for close to 20 years, which according to winemaker Frédéric Lafarge has further enhanced their site expression. There is a shining brightness in the wines across the board. Great sites and confident yet simple winemaking techniques tap into the true essence of each wine. All the grapes are destemmed, whole berries are encouraged and only old oak and concrete vats are employed. The humility of this special estate is reflected in each of the wines, and as the prices in Burgundy skyrocket, the wines of Lafarge are still relatively under the radar.
Please note we have received a small allocation of the wines below, so don’t delay if you’d like to secure some Lafarge wines. The prices are best net and include a 10% discount.
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Pinot Noir Offer $58
‘Cool aromas of black cherry, licorice and mint. Juicy and energetic, offering good cut to the flavors of dark fruits, spices and menthol. A serious Bourgogne with fine-grained tannins.’ Stephen Tanzer, January 2017
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Offer $115
‘Discreet aromas of medicinal black cherry and violet. Precise and pure on the palate, with intense flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and licorice framed on the subtle, rising finish by suave tannins.’ Stephen Tanzer, January 2017
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Sélectionnées Offer $130 (SOLD OUT)
‘Riper and more complex than the regular village Volnay, with its cherry element complicated by wild herbs and spices on the nose and palate. Very rich and deep for village wine but boasts excellent lift and finishes with a firm tannic spine. Really excites the taste buds on the rising aftertaste.’ Stephen Tanzer, January 2017
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune Clos des Aigrots 1er Cru Offer $157 (STOCKS VERY LOW)
~ from a minuscule yield of just 15 hectoliters per hectare
‘Liqueur-like black cherry, violet and licorice on the rather tight nose. Not as fruity in the mouth as the two village wines from Volnay but displays lovely savory energy and a suave texture. Incidentally, this bottling was previously labeled, simply, Beaune Les Aigrots.’ Stephen Tanzer, January 2017
2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chènes 1er Cru Offer $260 (STOCKS VERY LOW)
‘Superconcentrated and tactile but extremely unevolved; a more masculine style than the Clos du Château des Ducs, showing little of that wine’s early sweetness. More tannic and even a touch youthfully angular on the back end, but finishes with palate-staining saline minerality and outstanding building length. This, too, will require significant patience.’ Stephen Tanzer, January 2017
2010 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Les Mitans 1er Cru Offer $202
~ from 45-67 year old vines
‘… a model of understatement. Soft floral notes are woven together with sweet red berries and minerals in this classy, beautifully balanced Volnay. All of the elements are wonderfully balanced.’ Antonio Galloni February 2012
2007 Domaine Michel Lafarge Pommard Pezerolles Offer $202 (STOCKS VERY LOW)
‘…cherry, licorice and spices on the nose. No easy sweetness in the mouth, but this is stuffed with fruit. The rich finish features ripe tannins and a strong fruit quality.’ Stephen Tanzer March 2010
2015 Lafarge Meursault Vendanges Sélectionées Offer $130
‘comes from limestone soils with around 40 centimeters of soil… The palate is crisp and very complex right from the start: saline, minerally, a little austere at first but there are lovely walnut and hazelnut notes on the shimmering, focused finish. This is just divine.’
Neil Martin eRobertParker.com
2015 Lafarge Beaune “Clos des Aigrots” 1er Cru Blanc Offer $130
~ there are only 4 owners that have the right to use the designation Clos here
‘…has a slightly more tropical-tinged bouquet with hints of dried pineapple and peach skin, a melted wax scent lurking just behind. The palate is waxy on the entry, slightly lower in acidity compared to Lafarge’s Meursault, but with admirable depth and with just a tang of ginger on the controlled finish. Fine, albeit probably early drinking.’
Neil Martin eRobertParker.com
In 2014, Frédéric (Lafarge) and his wife Chantal (nee Vial) ventured into Beaujolais, buying vineyards and a winery in Fleurie (holdings in Cote de Brouilly have also been added). We’re very excited about this new venture, working only with pedigreed ‘Cru’ parcels . It’s early days, but the wines are simply stunning. In true Lafarge Vial style, their winemaking techniques have been modified to suit the different playing field of gamay and granite. A small portion of whole bunches are included in the ferment, adding sap and spice tones and a fine chewy tannin.
2015 Domaine Lafarge Vial Chiroubles Offer $65
~ from vines planted in 1969 ona tiny .35ha.
‘…Seamless and appealingly sweet, offering black raspberry, cherry liqueur, lavender and spicecake flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Powerful yet lithe in style, delivering gentle closing grip, well-knit tannins and lingering dark berry and spice notes.
2015 Domaine Lafarge Vial Fleurie Offer $72
~ from two lieux-dix, Bel Air & Sarcillon 1.75 ha from 45- 60 year old vines
‘Mineral-accented red and blue …juicy and energetic offering sappy boysenberry and black raspberry flavors … precise on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which emphatically repeats the blue fruit note.’ Josh Raynolds, Dec 2017 (www.vinous.com)
2015 Domaine Lafarge Vial Fleurie Joie de Palais Offer $79
~ from a plot 1.5 ha planted in 1950 on an extremely steep slope that requires plowing by horse. Crumbling pink granite soil-these vines consistently produce tiny grapes
‘Dark berries, pungent flowers, incense and a smoky mineral…stains the palate with sweet blackberry, cherry liqueur and violet …Powerful yet lithe in character, finishing very long and chewy, with sneaky tannins lending shape and grip to the impressively concentrated fruit.’ Josh Raynolds, Dec 2017 (www.vinous.com)
2015 Domaine Lafarge Vial Fleurie Clos Vernay Offer $86
~ A ‘clos’ (walled vineyard) of 1.3 hectares, near the border of Moulin-à-Vent
‘… ripe cherry and raspberry… musky floral and earth notes…sweet red fruit, lavender pastille and spicecake flavors…suave richness and energy, finishes extremely long and juicy, displaying harmonious tannins and resonating florality’. Josh Raynolds, Dec 2017 (www.vinous.com)
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