Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016
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The esteemed Domaine Michel Lafarge is located in the village of Volnay, in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy . The size of the estate is 10 ha (24.71 acres) planted to mostly Pinot Noir with very small amounts of Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté. The viticulture is certified organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic (Demeter, since 2000) and the red wines are made with 100% de-stemmed grapes, indigenous yeasts, maximum 25% new oak, reds unfiltered, whites fined and/or filtered if necessary
The Pinot Noir vines for the Lafarge Bourgogne rouge were planted between 1966-1977, giving this 'little wine' incredible old vine pedigree and a true essence of terroir. It is made from one parcel less than three acres in size, named Petit Pré, which is southeast-facing and composed of clay and limestone soil. Aged for 18 months aging in older barrels.
These vines are located lower down on the hill, equal-distance between the village of Volnay and the route national, on the limit of Volnay village and Bourgogne regional appellations. Becky Wasserman reports : 'There is some talk that this parcel used to be classified a Volnay but was de-classified for some reason, though talking to Frédéric, it's been considered Burgundy-level since as long as he remembers. Regardless, ignoring official classification hierarchy, this wine is, as Russell puts it, a "baby Volnay": single-vineyard, might-as-well-be-Village-level wine with that typical Volnay limestone terroir. Entry-level pricing with a roundness that makes it approachable and easier to drink younger.' Yet this wine will also age, although who will be able to wait???
|Region||France, Burgundy, Bourgogne|
|Brand||Domaine Michel Lafarge|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir has a delightful, straightforward but pure bouquet with wild strawberry and cranberry scents. The palate has a sorbet-like freshness on the entry-Morello cherry mixed with cranberry, good structure, with a very well-balanced finish. Very fine, even if I find just as much pleasure from Lafarge's Passetoutgrain this year.