2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge 1er Cru Pommard "Pezerolles" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1332764 94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Pézerolles from the Lafarges is very refined and elegant out of the blocks for a young Pommard. I have not tasted an example of this chez Lafarge since the 2011 vintage and it was nice to see the 2015 vintage has produced this bottling, as it is one of my favorite examples of Pommard. The 2015 is going to be a great wine, as it delivers a complex aromatic constellation of red plums, cherries, a touch of blood orange, pigeon, raw cocoa, lovely soil tones and roses in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very sappy at the core, with fine soil signature, tangy acids and a very long, ripely tannic, seamless and refined finish. Great juice. (Drink between 2025-2075)  (12/2016)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the expressive and more elegant nose is much spicier though perhaps not quite as complex with its higher-toned blend of cool red cherry, currant and floral scents. The beautifully refined and vibrant medium weight flavors exude ample minerality on the dusty, mouth coating and strikingly persistent finish that is firm but less evidently structured finish. This is a Pommard of finesse thanks mainly to the fine-grained tannins. Lovely.  (4/2017)

93 points Decanter

 The Lafarge family's beautiful Pommards, like their lovely white wines, are sometimes overshadowed by the magic of their Volnays, but the Pézerolles should not be missed this year. Notes of red fruit, spice, subtle grilled meat and rich soil lead into a juicy, full-bodied wine with nice depth and concentration, and a firm chassis of Pommard tannins on the back end. Drinking Window 2018 - 2050.(WK)  (2/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles, back after a few years being hailed off, has a very refined bouquet with great precision and transparency, scents of briary and sous-Bois, a touch of earl grey infusing the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannin, supremely well-judged acidity and a velvety smooth red cherry and strawberry finish that is already seductive. It will probably be over-shadowed by the clutch of outstanding Volnays from Lafarge, but it is a worthy wine in its own right. “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)

90-92 points Vinous

 (Lafarge did not bottle this wine in 2014, 2013 or 2012, and made just one and a half barrels in 2015): Medium red. Reticent aromas of black cherry, menthol and wild herbs accented by pepper and spices. Densely packed and energetic, with dark berry and black cherry flavors complicated by a licorice note. This savory wine is dominated in the early going by its serious tannic spine but the bright finish avoids dryness.(ST)  (1/2017)

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