2018 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets"

SKU #1580454 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The shallow, bony soils of Les Caillerets generally produce one of the finest wines chez Lafarge and that's certainly the case here. It's a special site of 60-year-old vines covering 0.3ha of prime Premier Cru, resulting in a wine that is chalky, focused and very refined but with some ferrous grip. The oak is beautifully done here, the fruit fine, nuanced and sweet. Drinking Window 2025 - 2038. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Destemmed entirely by hand this year, the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets opens with an exquisite bouquet of plums, wild berries, dark chocolate and peonies that displays striking purity of fruit. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, velvety and elegantly enveloping, with succulent acids, superb depth at the core and a long, mineral finish. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay Les Caillerets 1er Cru is slightly darker in color than the Les Mitans. The nose needs a few moments to cohere but develops entrancing rose petal and oyster shells aromas that infuse the vivid red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannins. Quite saline and spicy in the mouth, leading into a persistent, slightly peppery finish. You can really feel the mineral soils here. This will age for decades. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Volnay “Caillerets” from Frédéric Lafarge is another outstanding wine, and given how many of these cuvées this year are really red fruity in personality, I was surprised to see a fine mix here of both red and black fruit tones. The bouquet is quite plummy, delivering a constellation of red and black plums, black cherries, great, complex minerality, gamebird, raw cocoa, woodsmoke and just a whisper of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with lovely focus and balance, fine-grained tannins and a very long, very complex and utterly classic finish. A great bottle of young Caillerets. (Drink between 2033-2075) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is almost as elegant as the Mitans with its equally reticent nose of various red berries with notably more spice elements discernible. The beautifully delineated and mineral-driven flavors are also strikingly pure with a similar silky texture adding to the overall appeal of the bitter pit fruit-inflected finale. Like a number of the wines in the range, this too is going to require at least some patience as it's quite tightly wound today. *Burghound Outstanding!* Inner quote mark (4/2020)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark All destemmed and aged in 15% new oak, the 2018 Volnay 1er Les Caillerets comes from vines planted in 1957 and more red clay soils. It takes air to show at it best and, as with all of the 2018s here, it builds nicely with time in the glass. Lots of ripe red and black cherry fruits, loamy soil, spic -box, dried flowers, and a distinct salty mineral/crushed stone-like sensation all emerge on the nose, and this beauty is more medium-bodied, with a supple, layered texture and a vibrant spine of acidity. It shows the up-front, ripe style of the vintage in its aromatics, yet it’s pure, precise, and grounded on the palate by its bright acidity. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

K&L Notes

92-95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Just three barrels as half the vineyard was pulled out after the 2017 harvest. All the work is done here by horse by Clothilde, or by hand. Even the grapes are brought in by horse, then destemmed by hand. Medium deep colour, this has the more luscious perfume that comes with the hand destemming. The fruit really stretches out to the mineral finish, perfectly judged tannins, altogether quite classy." (10/2020)

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