Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trip to Europe (Bourgogne-France-Fall 2011)...Tasting at Michel Lafarge

(Day 2)
Our final appointment of the first day was at Domaine Michel Lafarge. Domaine Lafarge is run by father (Michel) and son (Frederic). They practice biodynamic farming and are one of the most respected producers in Volany.

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We were greeted by Michel.
They were busy bottling and labeling 2009 vintage wines which was going to ship out soon.

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Frederic took over and he guided us to the cave for tasting.
We tasted the following 2010 barrel samples.

(2010 vintage)
Bourgogne Aligote
Meursault (from plot right next to Santenot)
Beaune 1er Cru, "Aigrots" (blanc)
Bourgogne, Cuvee d'Exception, Passe-tout-grains (50% Gamay, 50% PN, from 85-yr-old vine)
Bourgonge (rouge)
Volnay, village
Volnay, "endange Selection" (from 4 different vineyards...more rocky soil, less clay)
Beaune 1er Cru, "Aigrots" (rouge)
Beaune 1er Cru, "Greves"
Volnay 1er Cru, "Mitons" (50-yr-old vine)
Volnay 1er Cru, "Cailleret"
Volnay 1er Cru, "Clos du Chateau des Duc"
Volnay 1er Cru, "Clos des Chenes" (Lafarge owns the bottom part of the vineyard)
We also tasted 2009 Volnay 1er Cru, "Clos du Chateau des Duc"

The tasting more than reassured how excellent their wines are. They all tasted to balanced, natural, and elegant. Brilliant.