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2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes #152004549


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Based on 8 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 94-96 points Wine Advocate "The brilliant 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes offers up an incipiently complex bouquet of dark berry fruit, orange rind, plums, woodsmoke, dark chocolate and rich soil tones. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, reserved and muscular, with excellent depth and concentration, structured around an ample endowment of powdery tannin and succulent acids. The finish is long and nicely defined. (WK)" 92-95 points Burghound "A brooding and reserved nose very reluctantly displays its relatively deeply pitched aromas of highly complex poached plum, dark cherry and whiff of warm earth. As is always the case, the concentrated and powerful flavors are considerably bigger with excellent richness and muscle where evident minerality adds a sense of lift to the mouth coating and youthfully austere finish that goes on and on. (AM)"

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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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