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2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Cote de Beaune Villages #152004548


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Reviews 89-91 points Vinous "...has a very perfumed, floral bouquet, a mixture of blueberry and wild strawberry fruit, and quite high-toned compared to Lafarge’s other cuvees this vintage. The palate is endowed with surprising weight in the mouth and gentle grip, leading to a lightly spiced, quite peppery and persistent finish. Very fine. (NM)" 90 points John Gilman "...wafting from the glass in a blend of strawberries, cherries, raw cocoa, a lovely base of soil, woodsmoke and a dollop of fresh thyme in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with a good core, beautiful transparency and just a touch of tannin perking up the long and complex finish. (JG)"

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Frederic Lafarge of Domaine Michel Lafarge

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!

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