Domaine Michel Lafarge

Volnay Pinot Noir

9.215 ratings
9.42 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

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
Garrett Pierce

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

From 375ml. Young. Showing wet earth and mushrooms. Everything tertiary. Fantastic with funky regional cheese, but needs plenty of time, even at this level.

From 375ml. Young. Showing wet earth and mushrooms. Everything tertiary. Fantastic with funky regional cheese, but needs plenty of time, even at this level.

Jun 30th, 2017
Patrick V

Hardened for 2009 - gorgeous color but rustic and barnyard to an extreme. Requires time outside and inside of the bottle.

Hardened for 2009 - gorgeous color but rustic and barnyard to an extreme. Requires time outside and inside of the bottle.

Apr 20th, 2018
Kevin Bohlin

Sweet and generous fruit in soft and round texture. Lovely. The ripe vintage fruit almost reminds me of a Williams Selyem Russian River style.

Sweet and generous fruit in soft and round texture. Lovely. The ripe vintage fruit almost reminds me of a Williams Selyem Russian River style.

Jul 1st, 2017
West Johnson

Quite yummy!

Quite yummy!

Jan 5th, 2017
Jason Soloway

Lovely. Calm. Understated. Elegant.

Lovely. Calm. Understated. Elegant.

Sep 2nd, 2016
Maddie Chavez

Dry but delicious

Dry but delicious

Jan 17th, 2016
Lauren Gitlin

Man. Effed up. Tastes like rubber bands. What IS that?

Man. Effed up. Tastes like rubber bands. What IS that?

Aug 14th, 2013
Matthew Roesch

Matthew had this 6 years ago

Matthew had this 6 years ago

Nov 11th, 2013
Andy Hock

Andy had this 5 months ago

Andy had this 5 months ago

May 12th, 2019