2011 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chateau des Ducs"

SKU #1197891 90-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Pure but reticent aromas of redcurrant and dried flowers. Densely packed and broad but youthfully closed and tight today, showing little in the way of easy sweetness. Plenty of dimension here but not yet filled in. Finishes long and fine. All in reserve today. (ST)  (1/2013)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 **Outstanding** A riper and more deeply pitched nose features terrific complexity with its moderately earthy aromas of red currant, dark cherry, plum and cassis hints. There is excellent vibrancy and outstanding detail to the generously textured, stony and complex middle weight flavors that finish in a mouth coating, persistent and delicately balanced finale. This is really quite good and worth a look. (AM)  (4/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Old calcaire soils and quite brown. Deep gravel on top of calcaire. Not that dark. Aromatic, fresh and gentle. Quite forward. Very charming. Maybe a bit less serious than the Mitans. Glorious already. Very long, suggests there’s a glorious future for this wine too. 18/20 points.  (11/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. This Volnay Clos du Chateau des Ducs 2011 from Lafarge has a refined bouquet with slightly earthy red berry fruit, and suggestions of bay leaf, tea leaf and bergamot coming through with time, although it seems just a little diffuse compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with delicate red cherry and strawberry fruit. It has fine acidity with a self-effacing, light finish for a Volnay that suggests decent early drinking. (NM)  (11/2014)

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