2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Selectionnees #141275260
Based on 15 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 90-92 points Wine Advocate "The 2018 Volnay Vendanges Selectionees is a stunning communal bottling in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, cherries, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa and candied citrus peel. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a long, mineral finish. This will be well worth seeking out. (WK)" 89-92 points Burghound "This too is agreeably fresh though the aromatic profile is more deeply pitched with its layered mix of plum, dark cherry and raspberry along with similar spice and earth nuances. As is virtually always the case, there is better volume and mid-palate density to the tautly muscular medium-bodied flavors that flash even more evident minerality on the firm, serious and built-to-age finale. This is excellent but at least some patience required. (AM)"
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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!