Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos du Château des Ducs 2020 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
(732) 449-5525
Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos du Château des Ducs 2020 750ml
SKU: 06030

Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos du Château des Ducs 2020

  • v94-96
  • wa96+

Save $200.00 (33%)

Available for:

Domaine Michel Lafarge is one of the great producers of the wines of Burgundy, based in the Volnay appellation. The domaine is small, owning just under 25 acres of vines, and producing only about 4,000 cases annually, but the wines are models of their genres. The family has been cultivating grapes in Volnay since the early 19th Century and possibly back to the late 18th Century. Very gradually did the Lafarges accumulate, piece by piece, the portions of vineyards that comprise their domaine; these include Volnay Clos des Chênes and the wholly owned Clos du Chateau des Ducs, Beaune Grêves, Pommard Pezerolles (all Premier Cru) and parcels of Volnay village and Premier Cru, as well as Bourgogne Aligoté and Bourgogne Passetoutgrain and a village Meursault.

Lafarge was a pioneer in bottling its own wine, rather than selling the wine to a negociant, beginning with the harvest of 1934. The wines see only about 25 percent new oak, typically aging for 15 to 20 months, depending on the vintage and the vineyard. The entire domaine has been farmed on biodynamic principles since 1997-2000.

This beauty is from the premier cru vineyard Clos du Chateau des Ducs, an exclusive monopole for the Lafarge family, located in the village of Volnay. Extremely rare and collectible.

Here is a beautiful tribute to the late Michel Lafarge from the Wasserman's : 'We were asked yesterday what Michel meant as a Burgundian vigneron. But why he was so special, why he touched so many, is not because of what he meant to wine or to Burgundy. It was because of what he meant to humanity. Michel was the most dignified person we knew. He had the metal of a founding father, of a sage, of someone who would have come into our lives straight from the pages of the Old Testament. We privately referred to him as Gandalf. White hair. Baritone. Calm. Rigidly honest. Wise. And also very funny. Though we visited him in his cellar in Volnay, we might as well have been seeking the counsel of a Druid under an ancient oak tree. And if we asked him about the vintage because he was a repository of knowledge of every harvest going back to the twenties, we might as well have been asking him what to do, how to act —about life. What we never spoke about was commerce. Our most sincere condolences to the Lafarge family, to Burgundy, to humanity.' 

  • v94-96

The 2020 Volnay Clos du Chateau des Ducs 1er Cru has been de-stemmed by hand since 2016. It has another very mineral-driven bouquet that unfolds marvelously, black cherry and bilberry, crushed rock and sea spray aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, a lovely symmetry here, well judged acidity, poised and very persistent on the energetic finish. Sophisticated (as usual).

October 2021
Wine Advocate
  • wa96+

It will be very interesting to compare the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Château des Ducs with the Clos des Chênes 20 years from now. Though the latter has long been the domaine's emblematic bottling, for several years the Lafarge family has taken to presenting Clos du Château des Ducs at the end of the tasting, and it's priced slightly higher too. Destemmed entirely by hand, the wine reveals a generous bouquet of sweet berries, licorice, rich soil tones, black truffles and spice, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate that's more expressive and enveloping, its textural attack segueing into a deep core, concluding with a long and precise finish. 94-96+

January 9, 2020
Sparkling Rosé
No Sulfites Added
  • wa91
    Wine Advocate
  • ws91
    Wine Spectator
  • st91
    International Wine Cellar
  • we91
    Wine Enthusiast
  • js91
    James Suckling
  • bs91
    Bottle Shop
  • w&s91
    Wine & Spirits
  • bh91
  • wj91
    Wine Journal
  • wsk91
    Whiskey Advocate
  • agv91
  • d91
  • tp91
    The Tasting Panel
  • jd91
    Jeb Dunnuck