Domaine Michel Lafarge

Volnay Pinot Noir

9.1204 ratings
9.177 pro ratings
Volnay, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Bright, lifted, focused and almost lacey in its feel. Great charm and drinkability and true to place and vintage. Of course the hallmark crisp red fruits followed by a very mineral backbone. There’s lots of sous bois coming through, turned earth, beets, wet leaves, underbrush, forest floor, licorice and flowers.

Bright, lifted, focused and almost lacey in its feel. Great charm and drinkability and true to place and vintage. Of course the hallmark crisp red fruits followed by a very mineral backbone. There’s lots of sous bois coming through, turned earth, beets, wet leaves, underbrush, forest floor, licorice and flowers.

Nov 17th, 2019
Matt Lasater

I was somewhat skeptical opening this. ‘09s, in my experience, range from lacking complexity to soft, lush, and monochromatic, with a dab of everything in between. This was a gorgeous fit for braised lamb with spring veggies and black lentils. The nose is definitely subdued, this is not explosively aromatic Volnay, but its savory and mouth-filing character make up for it. Theres a lovely sense of animal to the wine, there’s leaves, clove, toasted sandalwood, and this sweet licorice note that underline a gorgeous core of red currants and cherry. The umami and lovely fruit character are further postured by slightly imposing tannin, tannins that don’t impede drinking but beg for a little food to accompany them. That being said, this was really gorgeous with dinner and a couple hours to slowly open. Yet another reminder that its easy to pick apart Burgundy out of context (food) but when it hits, damn it hits the spot.

I was somewhat skeptical opening this. ‘09s, in my experience, range from lacking complexity to soft, lush, and monochromatic, with a dab of everything in between. This was a gorgeous fit for braised lamb with spring veggies and black lentils. The nose is definitely subdued, this is not explosively aromatic Volnay, but its savory and mouth-filing character make up for it. Theres a lovely sense of animal to the wine, there’s leaves, clove, toasted sandalwood, and this sweet licorice note that underline a gorgeous core of red currants and cherry. The umami and lovely fruit character are further postured by slightly imposing tannin, tannins that don’t impede drinking but beg for a little food to accompany them. That being said, this was really gorgeous with dinner and a couple hours to slowly open. Yet another reminder that its easy to pick apart Burgundy out of context (food) but when it hits, damn it hits the spot.

Mar 5th, 2019
Severn Goodwin

Thanksgiving 2018 🦃

Thanksgiving 2018 🦃

Nov 22nd, 2018
Bob McDonald

Impressions after initial decant were aromas of strawberry and other red fruits which is unusual for an aged Red Burgundy. This fruity note blew off after an hour. Some stalkiness and spiciness on palate. Barb said aromas of root vegetables like turnip. Light to medium weight which I have come to expect from Volnay particularly in an average vintage like 2004. This is the Clos des Chenes. Would love to try from a better year.

Impressions after initial decant were aromas of strawberry and other red fruits which is unusual for an aged Red Burgundy. This fruity note blew off after an hour. Some stalkiness and spiciness on palate. Barb said aromas of root vegetables like turnip. Light to medium weight which I have come to expect from Volnay particularly in an average vintage like 2004. This is the Clos des Chenes. Would love to try from a better year.

Aug 5th, 2018
boyd pearson

Alive and beautiful.

Alive and beautiful.

May 26th, 2018
Mark Cochard

Sommelier phillywine.com, Chaddsford Winery

8.9

2013 vintage

2013 vintage

Apr 30th, 2018
Yianni Stoner

Light red fruits and sous bois.

Light red fruits and sous bois.

Apr 15th, 2018
Ryan Mullins

🔥

🔥

Dec 31st, 2017
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.5

Stunning and bright red aromatics, regal yet demure in its maturity. Wonderful bottle from a great family

Stunning and bright red aromatics, regal yet demure in its maturity. Wonderful bottle from a great family

Dec 19th, 2017
Jay McInerney

Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut

9.7

1978 vintage. From magnum from the domain. Near perfect.

1978 vintage. From magnum from the domain. Near perfect.

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