- Domaine Michel Lafarge
- Pinot Noir
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The 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir has a delightful, straightforward but pure bouquet with wild strawberry and cranberry scents. The palate has a sorbet-like freshness on the entry—Morello cherry mixed with cranberry, good structure, with a very well-balanced finish. Very fine, even if I find just as much pleasure from Lafarge's Passetoutgrain this year.
Domaine Michel Lafarge
In Burgundy, in each vintage and each vineyard there are usually both good and underwhelming wines, but if one had to name a grower whose every wine is consistently excellent, it would be Michel Lafarge, the former mayor of Volnay. This family domaine in the heart of the village of Volnay, was created at the beginning of the 19th century. Since then, the property has grown to 12 hectares. Along with Michel's son, Frederic, who, since 1997 has introduced some biodynamic methods, theytook the whole domaine biodynamic in 2000.
This blanket regional appellation can apply to wines throughout Burgundy (60% of the area's production) as long as they comply with regulations relating to grape type, yield and alcohol content. Reds and roses are from Pinot Noir or Gamay. Whites are Chardonnay. They are usually the most straightforward of the Burgundy wines, and as a result are the least expensive and the most approachable upon release. In the hands of a more serious producer these can represent exceptional value and quality. The wines are made with the same care and attention to detail as their grander wines. However, they may not qualify for a village or communal appellation because the vines are too young or the vineyard area is outside the appellation boundary.