2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge 1er Cru Volnay "Les Caillerets" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1332783 96 points Decanter

 The Caillerets is high-toned and ethereal, revealing notes of bright red berries, griotte cherry, blood orange and chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is wonderfully elegant, refined and pure, with silky, ripe tannins, a deep core and gorgeous purity.Drinking Window 2018 - 2065.(WK)  (2/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets has a perfumed and elegant bouquet, which unlike the Volnay Château des Clos du Ducs, instantly charms the sense with its purity and winsome charm. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, the oak a little more present at the moment although that will be subsumed with time. Lovely body and structure here, fleshy at first but that belies the structure and mineralité on the tensile finish. Stunning length, you can taste this a minute after the wine has departed. This is superb. “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)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, elegant and equally pure nose is markedly spicier with its pretty aromas of violet, lilac, lavender, tea and plum that are trimmed in discreet wood nuances. There is first-rate richness to the sleek, stylish and classy middle weight flavors that seem to be built on a base of almost pungent minerality on the strikingly refined and hugely long finale. This is breathtakingly good.  (1/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Pure but very reticent nose hints at red cherry liqueur, minerals, licorice and mint. Then fairly large-scaled and expansive but utterly fresh and weightless too, offering splendid intensity to its flavors of red berries, red licorice and saline minerality. Really glistens on the back end, finishing with noble tannins and outstanding slowly rising length and grip. A great Volnay in the making.(ST)  (1/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Caillerets is simply stunning and may very well be the greatest vintage of this wine I have yet tasted from the Lafarge family. The bouquet is deep, pure and sappy, soaring from the glass in a blaze of red plums, raspberries, a touch of nutskin, stony minerality, cocoa, gamebird, woodsmoke and a topnote of orange zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very minerally in personality, with a sappy core of red fruit, excellent focus and balance, fine-grained tannins and a very, very long, nascently complex and tangy finish. (Drink between 2025-2075)  (12/2016)

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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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Volnay

- Sometimes known as the Chambolle Musigny of the Côte de Beaune, Volnay is famous for its silky, elegant wines with finesse, delicacy and an almost ethereal nose. However, the wines have a depth and structure that can allow them to age for decades. Remington Norman said it wonderfully in his book The Great Domaines of Burgundy: 'If the wines of Pommard sometimes seem like a truck-driver's interpretation of Pinot, then those of Volnay are a ballerina's.