2016 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans #96996774
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Based on 2 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 91-93 points Wine Advocate "The 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans has a more mineral-driven bouquet than the Pitures, more aloof and distant at the moment but just as complex. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth, the tannins becoming just a little robust toward the finish, suggesting that it will deserve 5 or 6 years in the cellar. The mouth tingles with the chalky aftertaste long after it has departed. This is a brilliant follow-up to the 2015 last year and just as good. (NM)" 93 points John Gilman "The wine is really gorgeous this year, with a vibrant and red fruity bouquet of cherries, red plums, gamebird, raw cocoa, a fine, complex base of soil tones and a touch of bonfire up high. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely sappy at the core, with great minerality, ripe, suave tannins and a long, tangy and complex finish. Despite the short crop from the frost, the wine has turned out absolutely classic in profile and will be a superb bottle of Mitans in the fullness of time."
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About Domaine Michel Lafarge
The late Michel Lafarge was simply a master of Volnay, a soulful craftsman of some of the world’s finest Pinot Noirs for over six decades. Today, Michel’s son, Frédéric, oversees the 12 hectare Domaine, including the appellation’s greatest crus, using certified organic and biodynamic methods. As early pioneers of biodynamic viticulture, Frédéric and his father were passionate and uncompromising. In the 2012 vintage, for example, they gracefully accepted losing the vast majority of their crop rather than resort to conventional farming methods. And even in easy vintages, their yields are intentionally low.
In their 13th-century cellars, Frédéric and his team de-stem the entire crop. They seek traditional, natural vinifications on native yeasts, infrequent rackings, and long élévages in oak barrels, using anywhere between 5% to 25% new wood. They bottle the reds unfiltered and only fine and filter the whites when necessary. With complexity, aromatic depth and poise, the wines of Domaine Michel Lafarge can withstand great lengths of cellar aging. What’s more, they are incredibly rare, especially with age, so we recommend buying them when you can!