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2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Beaune 1er Cru "Les Aigrots"

SKU #1488935 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deep colours are not Frédéric Lafarge's thing when it comes to Pinot Noir, but producing wines with haunting finesse most certainly is. This Pinot from a site on the southern side of Beaune, just below the Montagne St-Désiré, is wonderfully fresh and precise, with the gentle tannins that are a key part of the style, taut acidity and caressing summer berry flavours. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 Clos des Aigrots is an excellent wine in the making. The bouquet is deep and complex, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of red and black cherries, raw cocoa, chalky soil tones, pigeon, gentle smokiness and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full and nicely reserved in personality, with a seamless attack, a sappy core, excellent soil signature and fine length and grip on the ripely tannic and very well-balanced finish. This is high class juice in the making, but it will probably want a full decade in the cellar to properly blossom and start hitting on all cylinders. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A more elegant, pure and airy nose features the cool essence of red cherry together with hints of wood, spice and violet. The highly energetic and intensely mineral-inflected flavors possess outstanding delineation before concluding in a chiseled, firm and youthfully austere finale. A wine of finesse but with punch. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Beaune Clos des Aigrots 1er Cru, which was racked in August, contains 15% new oak, has a very pure bouquet with red cherries, crushed strawberry and rose petals, just a light touch of vanilla pod emerging with aeration. The palate is very mineral-driven thanks to the gravel-strewn soils that seem to govern the personality of this Beaune. A dash of black pepper enlivens the grippy finish. Very fine. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Aigrots is very pretty, wafting from the glass with aromas of red berries, candied peel and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, satiny and succulent, with a juicy core of fruit, open-knit structure and a pure finish. The 2017 is a lovely success for the Domaine Michel Lafarge, one of the great estates of the Côte de Beaune. As usual, these are elegant and classically proportioned wines, cut from quite old-fashioned cloth. The suppleness and purity of fruit that characterize the vintage at its best are on evidence, and the domaine's lower appellations will drink well in their youth, but the emblematic wines will emphatically reward bottle age. Indeed, to my palate, it's only with time that these soulful Volnays reveal the true extent of their quality. Lafarge followers will find stylistic parallels with both 2007 and 2000. And thankfully, despite some spring frost, this is a comparatively generous crop for a domaine beset with below-average harvests for the better part of a decade. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points Jasper Morris for Inside Burgundy: "I really like this cuvée, which is made slightly differently. The grapes are crushed first and then pressed in an old-fashioned vertical press. Does this make the difference or is it the vineyard? Either way, the wine has a fresh and elegant nose, with some fresh pears, otherwise white fruit, very good acidity, excellent persistence, long and fine. Tasted: November 2018."

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