2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay

SKU #1353188 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, cool and admirably pure nose offers up a layered combination of violet, plum, anise and soft earth whispers. The delicious and vibrant middle weight flavors possess just enough mineral character to remark upon while delivering fine length on the balanced finale. This is very Volnay in style but it's Volnay with real punch.  (4/2017)

91 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Volnay villages from the Lafarge family is excellent, offering up impressive purity and vibrancy on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is a classy blend of red and black cherries, red plums, gamebird, superb minerality and a topnote of raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with bright acids, lovely focus and grip and a long, seamless and moderately tannic finish. Beautiful wine. (Drink between 2024-2060)  (12/2016)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Volnay Village, which sees no new oak, has a clean and precise bouquet with vivacious redcurrant and cranberry aromas. There is great transparency here. The palate is medium-bodied with structured tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth; this is a masculine and structured Volnay with a pinch of cracked black pepper and undergrowth on the finish. Very fine and very serious for a village cru.(NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Decanter

 The 'regular' Lafarge Volnay is a pretty special cuvée in 2015, with a lovely nose of red plum, raspberry, woodsmoke and raw cocoa. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and elegant, with a lovely sense of reserve, and a touch more intensity and depth than usual.Drinking Window 2018 - 2040.(WK)  (2/2017)

88-90 points Vinous

 Bright red. Discreet aromas of medicinal black cherry and violet. Precise and pure on the palate, with intense flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and licorice framed on the subtle, rising finish by suave tannins.(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.