2010 Volnay, Vendanges Séléctionées, Domaine Michel Lafarge

2010 Volnay, Vendanges Séléctionées, Domaine Michel Lafarge

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2010 Volnay, Vendanges Séléctionées, Domaine Michel Lafarge

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Burgundy Vintage 2010 Best Buys - Outside the Box
An aromatic nose of rich sweet berries is followed by a concentrated palate that holds a perfect tension between the purity of fruit and the firm, but fine, structure. An absolutely enchanting Volnay wine.
Fine Wine Team

The Vendanges Séléctionées is even better than the straight Volnay. Not much more powerful, but with greater finesse and a sublime, supple, silky texture with irreproachable tannins.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Director

There is 40% less wine this year in the Lafarge cellar, and it is a great pity because the wines are exceptionally good. They began picking on 23rd September, bringing in ripe and healthy grapes which were slow to start fermenting. Michel Lafarge, as sprightly as ever at 83, describes 2010 as a happy surprise – nobody could have expected this quality at the outset.

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Domaine Michel Lafarge

Domaine Michel Lafarge

Michel Lafarge, now in his eighties, and his son Frédéric make use of their combined experience top produce some of the greatest Burgundy wines in Volnay. There is nothing modern in their winemaking, though the meticulous care of their biodynamically farmed vineyards puts the domaine at the forefront of viticultural practices. When they are working ona  patch of vines they are usually accompanied by their hens who eat up any little pests which may be lurking!

They have around 10 hectares of vines and own some of the very best sites in Volnay. The vines are mature but not excessively old and yields are low without being draconian. There is very little new oak used, and the current mix is 5% new oak, with the balance of 2-to 5-year-old wood. The wines are handled as seldom as possible, with only a couple of rackings, a light fining and rarely any filtration.

The Lafarge domaine is run very much by instinct and respect for the terroir, with no sense of imposition and with biodynamic techniques. The wines are allowed to speak for themselves and are wonderfully fragrant, complex and harmonious - the essence of great Volnay.

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Volnay

Volnay

The finest and most elegant red wines of the Côte de Beaune are grown in Volnay, a village which might be twinned with Chambolle- Musigny in the Côte de Nuits, for the high active chalk content in the soil and comparatively low clay content.

Whereas in earlier times Volnay was made in a particularly light, early drinking style, these days there are many producers making wines which age extremely well. The best vineyards run either side of the RN73 trunk road.
  • 98 hectares of village Volnay
  • 115 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (35 in all). The finest include Les Taillepieds, Clos des Chênes, Champans, Caillerets (including Clos des 60 Ouvrées) and Santenots in Meursault.
  • Recommended producers:  LafargeLafonde Montille

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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The Wine Advocate90-92/100

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The Wine Advocate90-92/100
The 2010 Volnay Vendanges Selectionnees shows the precision of a finely cut gem. It boasts gorgeous verve, beautifully articulated fruit and fabulous overall balance. There is marvelous tension in the glass as the wine shows off its considerable charms. Clean, chalky notes frame the finish. The Vendanges Selectionnees is a selection of the domaines best village-level parcels. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
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