Lafarge is definitely one of the top producer of Volnay. Biodynamic since 2000, the wines are always 100% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeast and are always unfined and unfiltered. Les Mitans was planted in 1952 and 1976 and only see 15% of new oak. The 2014 is still young so I let this breathed in the bottle for 8 hours with no decanting.
Tasted in Sophienwald, this is very elegant and lush with bright red fruits and floral aromas. Very refined with spices and clean minerality. Normally I love my Burgundy with a sizable portion of whole cluster but as with everything in life, there is always an exception. Loved this!
______________________________________________________ #MichelLafarge | #Volnay 1er Cru "Les Mitans" | 2014 | 🇫🇷| #CotedeBeaune#Bourgogne | 🍇 PinotNoir | 🍷 #Sophienwald
Had the most elegant and mouthwateringly fresh Volnays from @domaine_rossignolfevrier. #Biodynamic producer who clearly knows what he’s doing. The Gigottes will not be made after this vintage and will be instead blended into the Vieilles Vignes bottling to add depth and structure. Do👏🏼not👏🏼sleep👏🏼on👏🏼these! Coming soon from @bertrandswines#volnay
An honor to sit at the same dinner table with Frédéric Lafarge, one of the families that has put #volnay on the map. This was my first time tasting so many #lafarge wines across vintages and they were all singing except maybe the 1996 Chênes but perhaps that’s just 1996. 1996 Ducs was totally different, much more open. I would say the wine surprises of the night were both the 2007 Beaune Blanc Aigrots which had popcorn notes and great acidity as well as the 2009 Beaune Rouge Aigrots which is one of the best 2009 in recent memory - great fruit, structure! Most agreed the WOTN was the 1990 Chêne it was developed but still good fruit, vibrancy with an amazing elegance. The Ducs 2002 were off or corked. As I knew and Frédéric confirmed one should not touch his wines for a good 10 years “not early drinking” I am glad to be an annual purchaser but maybe one should be looking to his lesser knows appellations as they were eye opening!!! @domaine_michel_lafarge hope to meet @clothilde_lafarge who’s first vintage I believe is 2018 👍👌😍 #bourgogne#winemakerdinner
Outstanding opening gambit. 2001 is an extraordinary vintage chez Coche Dury, he held back the CC for years. The 01 Meursault is one of the finest village wines anywhere. The ‘99 d’Auvenay is a beauty, though not quite up to the coche. Will probably never taste again. For years we’ve loved the old Pousse d’Or wines, but I’m more familiar with ‘69, ‘78, and ‘85, as we used to sell them practically in bulk. This ‘83 60-Ouvrees was gorgeous. In a terrific spot right now. I am also officially asking for a cheese dolly for my birthday. #burgundy#whiteburgundy#cochedury#dauvenay#leroy#poussedor#Meursault#volnay#cotedebeaune#wine#instawine#winestagram#winetasting
Any day can be drink wine day! Merci my Pommard producing friend. 13 and 14 were so different and expressions of climate and place in the vintage. @spoliver19 your generosity continues to make our dinners true wine adventures.
Escargot, lamb, dauphanoise tats, cheese, tartin and banana bread? Yum. French friends forever. #FFF Thank you monks for making your fermented herbs. #chartreuse cures what ails you. #gaja@langhe#mama#chardonnay #Burgundy#2013#2014#pommard#volnay
The glass maketh the bubble. @pol_roger
Heads up @sgwinenoob !! Here’s another Asian male posting about Burgundy... 😂😂😂 2014 Madison Roche de Bellene Volnay Vieilles Vignes. ▫️
⌛️pop ‘n pour but probably should’ve aerated it an hour or two. ▫️
👁 pale ruby. And stayed consistent as the night went on. ▫️
👃at opening. Not much there. Herbs more present than red fruits. After about 2 hours the red fruits started to show. ▫️
👅at opening: Med++ acidity, Med tannin. After about 2 hrs: Med+ acidity. Med tannin.
Will buy more and wait patiently for another 5-7 years. It’s a beautiful wine, and once it has opened up, it is balanced and delicious. ▫️
There’s the saying that all roads lead to Burgundy. There’s some truth to that. I got hooked by a ‘89 Bordeaux, but due to affordability, accessibility, and availability, shifted to big fruit bombs from down under for that instant gratification, while still collected French wines when I can. But it was a ‘99 La Nerthe that really made me appreciate balance and elegance in wine and aged wine. It’s not like I haven’t tried Burgundy before. But whether it’s palate fatigue, maturity, or curiosity, or it’s just timing, I have to say, Burgundy, it’s go time. 😂
And we keep on rolling.
Our next visit was at @domaine.clerget With @thibaud.cl
We were able to squeeze in at the last minute with Thibaud and I was happy that we did. A producer on the rise after time with Henri boillot and Hudeot Noellat. Thibaud took over in 2015. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We had the opportunity to taste all 10 of the wines being made at the Domaine thanks to the good fortunate of following after the Burghound who just did his tasting there before lunch. I sent a message to Allen shortly after, thanking him for his timing. The 2017s are completely bottled.
He does one white wine, the meursault chevalieres which in 17 was a rich fruit forward dense wine of yellow fruit. A mouthfull and quite delicious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The standouts for me were the Carelle Sous la Chapelle, Caillerets, Champans (only in magnum), CLos du Verseuil and the Clos Vougeot. The Sous la Chapelle is this gorgeous bright red fruited wine. The Cailleret had a similar fruit set but deeper darker back end. The Champans was round, fleshy, and soft on the mouthfeel. The Clos du Verseuil is a 180 to the other wines, darker, deeper, more concentration of dark fruit but with great weight and structure. The old vines Clos Vougeot located near the chateau was one of the better Clos Vougeot I could remember in recent memory.
Thank you for your time @thibaud.cl and the wonderful set of wines.