2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay "Vendanges Sélectionnées"

SKU #1550653 93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark All of the parcels that supply fruit for this top-end village wine are over 55 years' old and are located in four terroirs below Volnay's Premiers Crus. Exhibiting some nobel reduction, savoury tannins and the layered. Refreshing red fruit sweetness that's the hallmark of Frédéric Lafarge's wines this has floral top notes and an elegant, refreshing finish. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay 'Vendanges Selectionées' from Frédéric Lafarge is also excellent, with more depth and sappiness at the core than the straight AC this year, coupled with a bit more structure as well on the backend. The aromatic constellation is a refined mix of red plums, cherries, woodsmoke, pigeon, a touch of nutskin and a lovely, smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very svelte in profile, with a good core, lovely transparency, impeccable balance and a long, complex suavely tannic finish. I love the backend energy and bounce here. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay Vendanges Sélectionées is a stunning communal bottling in the making, wafting from the glass with aromas of cassis, cherries, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa and candied citrus peel. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a long, mineral finish. This will be well worth seeking out. (WK) 90-92+ Inner quote mark (1/2020)

89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This too is agreeably fresh though the aromatic profile is more deeply pitched with its layered mix of plum, dark cherry and raspberry along with similar spice and earth nuances. As is virtually always the case, there is better volume and mid-palate density to the tautly muscular medium-bodied flavors that flash even more evident minerality on the firm, serious and built-to-age finale. This is excellent but at least some patience required. *Outstanding, Top Value* Inner quote mark (4/2020)

89-91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay 'Vendage Sélectionée' is a selection from four parcels below Echards, Pluchots, Jeotte and Grand Champs that is matured in a little new oak. It has a high-toned bouquet of blueberry and raspberry fruit, and little cassis emerges with time in the glass. The palate is sweet and succulent on the entry and very supple in the mouth, delivering black cherries and blueberry toward the finish. Very fine. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

91-94pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Perhaps a trifle denser in colour than the straight Volnay and a little bit sterner in bouquet. Exceptional tension on the plate with a much darker fruit, dark raspberry, loganberry, but not top heavy. This will just take longer to come round. Tasted: November 2019."

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