2015 Volnay, Les Mitans, 1er Cru, Domaine Michel Lafarge, Burgundy

2015 Volnay, Les Mitans, 1er Cru, Domaine Michel Lafarge, Burgundy

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2015 Volnay, Les Mitans, 1er Cru, Domaine Michel Lafarge, Burgundy

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The Mitans displays a perfect pitch of purple colour and tightly knit fruit on the nose. Dense and concentrated on the palate, this is almost cerebral, a Volnay with fine lasting power. This demonstrates quality tannins with supple and seemingly everlasting fruit. Drink 2024-2035.
Jasper Morris MW, Wine Buyer

The 2015 vintage did not start easily, as the vines were difficult to prune after the hail in preceding years, and only a small crop set. Thereafter conditions were near perfect, with just enough rain when they needed it to make sure that the grapes ripened ideally. There is only half a crop, but of magical quality. Michel Lafarge has no difficulty in finding a vintage to compare it to: just like 1929. Both years, he notes, are particularly suited to the graceful terroirs such as Volnay.

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Wine Advocate91-93/100
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans, which sees just around 20% new oak, offers very pure redcurrant and strawberry notes on the nose, feminine and pretty rather than powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, plenty of strawberry and red cherry fruit here, quite solid towards the finish and probably requiring 3-5 years in bottle, because this does have great substance and should age with style. In a word: noble.
Neal Martin - 28/12/2016 Read more

About this WINE

Domaine Michel Lafarge

Domaine Michel Lafarge

Following the sad passing of Michel in January 2020, his son Frédéric and granddaughter Clothilde maintain his legacy – producing some of the greatest wines in Volnay.

There’s nothing modern in the winemaking at Domaine Michel Lafarge, though the meticulous care for their biodynamically farmed vineyards puts them at the forefront of viticultural practices.

In the vineyard
Vineyard work is usually assisted by the estate’s hens, who eat up any lurking pests. In ’14, Frédéric and Chantal (maiden name Vial) Lafarge decided to buy some Beaujolais vineyards, starting in Fleurie before expanding into Chiroubles and the Côte de Brouilly. The vineyards had all previously been run organically, and that continues under the Lafarge-Vial stewardship – along with biodynamic treatments.

In the winery
The grapes are destemmed and vinified traditionally; very little new oak is used in the cellar.

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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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