Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
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|
VinousThe 2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir offers black cherries, raspberry and light floral notes on the nose, which is quite pure in style and finely delineated. The harmonious palate is underpinned by fine tannins and vivid red fruit on a finish so approachable that you could drink it directly from any one of its used barrels. 89-90
Wine AdvocateBursting with notes of plums, sweet berry fruit and flowers, the 2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir is medium to full-bodied, succulent and lively, with fine tannins, a fleshy core and an attractively sapid finish. This is dependably one of the region's best generic Bourgognes, and the 2018 rendition is no exception.