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

SKU #1332784 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An appealing elegant, high-toned and equally airy nose reflects notes of pure essence of red pinot fruit that is sprinkled with floral, spice and earth hints. The sleek, lacy and beautifully energetic middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the detailed, focused and sneaky long finish. Textbook Mitans.  (4/2017)

93 points Decanter

 According to Frédéric Lafarge, Les Mitans is 'always charming, Volnay par excellence', and there is no reason to dissent from his analysis in 2015. A fragrant bouquet of red plums, wild berries, rose and woodsmoke precedes an elegant, supple palate with lovely juicy acidity and refined tannins. Drinking Window 2018 - 2050.(WK)  (2/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Lafarge Mitans offers up a lovely blend of red and black fruit on the nose this year, delivering a complex mix of red and black cherries, a touch of red currant, gamebird, lovely spice tones, a fine base of soil, mustard seed and a whisper of cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, tangy and quite Caillerets-like in personality this year, with ripe tannins, tangy acids and fine focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. (Drink between 2025-2075)  (12/2016)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans, which sees just around 20% new oak, offers very pure redcurrant and strawberry notes on the nose, feminine and pretty rather than powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, plenty of strawberry and red cherry fruit here, quite solid towards the finish and probably requiring 3-5 years in bottle, because this does have great substance and should age with style. In a word: noble. “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)

91-93 points Vinous

 from 67- and 45-year-old vines): Medium red. Perfumed red cherry aroma lifted by floral and white pepper high notes. Brisk and penetrating, with the bracing cranberry and mint flavors displaying a light touch and sharp definition. This very pure, youthfully taut Volnay relies more on its strong mineral-driven acidity than on its tannins for structure. Really uncanny energy for 2015.(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.


- 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.


- 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.
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- 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.