2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge 1er Cru Beaune "Greves" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1332761 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is typically the case this is slightly riper and more deeply pitched with its more complex collection of dark berries, game, warm earth and lilac nuances. The sleek, intense and tautly muscular medium weight flavors that possess excellent mid-palate density thanks to the copious amounts of dry extract, all wrapped in a vibrant mineral-driven and powerful finish. This impressive effort is clearly built-to-age and is going to need it. In a word, excellent.  (1/2017)

94 points Decanter

 The Grèves is even more refined and incipiently complex than the lovely Aigrots. Some of the old vines had to be ripped up in 2015 due to hail damage, but the cuvée doesn't seem to have suffered. A pure, stylish bouquet of cherry, plum, woodsmoke and chalky soil leads into an expansive, concentrated palate impression. There is lovely balance and textural elegance through the long, penetrating finish. Drinking Window 2018 - 2050.(WK)  (2/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Greves comes from Lafarge's oldest vines—now a not too shabby 94 years old. It offers candied orange peel and red cherries on the nose, somehow quite "lighthearted" and "carefree" compared to others. The palate is fresh and vibrant, very focused with super-fine tannin, crisp acidity and a little more precision than the Beaune Aigrots. The salinity on the finish takes you back for another sip and by that time, you are telephoning your husband or wife or anyone nearby to back up the truck and load up on this outstanding Beaune. “My father Michel said that the 2015s reminded him of the 1929s,” commented Frédéric Lafarge in the inner sanctum of his mold-encrusted, grotto-like cellar. Hmm...I know Michel is no spring chicken. They are clucking around the vineyard. But how can Michel remember such an ancient legendary vintage? “Oh, he was born in 1928 and he remembers drinking them with his own father and his grandfather,” answers his son. It immediately prompted an image of three generations of Lafarge, some time in the 1930s, a young Michel on his father’s knee being given a small glass of Volnay 1929 to taste. No wonder he dedicated a lifetime to the domaine. (NM)  (12/2016)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Beaune “Grèves” from Domaine Michel Lafarge is another excellent wine, and again, this wine is just awash in beautiful red fruit this year. The bouquet delivers a lovely mix of cherries, red plums, raspberries, gamebird, a hint of cocoa, great minerality, woodsmoke and a topnote of fresh nutmeg. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, tangy and very transparent in personality, with a sappy core, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex and very energetic finish. Marvelous Grèves! (Drink between 2025-2065)  (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

 (these 94-year-old vines are the domain's oldest; from a yield of 20 hectoliters per hectare, according to Frédéric Lafarge): Medium red. Youthfully brooding aromas of medicinal red cherry, spices and menthol. Rich, tactile and savory, offering a captivating combination of fruits, spices and soil without any leathery rusticity. Boasts lovely racy lift for such a ripe wine and finishes with rising, palate-saturating length. The tannins here are riper than those of the Aigrots. Should make an exceptional Beaune wine. One-quarter of these vines were finished off by hail damage in 2013 and 2014 and were pulled up after the 2014 harvest for replanting in 2017.(ST)  (1/2017)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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