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Domaine Michel Lafarge, Volnay, 2020

by Domaine Michel Lafarge


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Domaine Michel Lafarge

Lafarge is one of the great names in Volnay, some would say the greatest. His wines are sought out the world over, and we are always excited when our allocation arrives.

Lafarge’s home territory is Volnay, though he also has holdings in nearby Beaune and Meursault. This is an old estate that started bottling their wines in the early 1900s. Only Armand Rousseau, the DRC, and maybe two or three other growers have that kind of history.

The wines of Lafarge are magical. Despite being made in a decidedly old-school style—really no different than a generation or even two ago—they display incredible purity and not a hint of rusticity. It is the same kind of magic that Jacky Truchot was able to conjure. We only wish we could get more.

Professional Reviews


BH 92
"Note: from a mix of vines that average about 40 years of age in Brouillard, Buttes, Famines, Pasquiers and Cros Martin A slightly more deeply pitched nose combines notes of both red and dark currant along with an abundance of warm earth, humus and underbrush nuances. The sleek, intense and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors possess fine underlying tension on the chalky, youthfully austere and firm finale that delivers excellent length. Fine quality here."

Antonio Galloni

AG 91
"The 2020 Volnay Village is completely aged in used barrel. It has a transparent nose with lifted red cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with an underlying tertiary scent. The palate is more expressive than the aromatics with juicy ripe tart red cherries, quite citric in style with orange rind and a touch of bitter lemon enlivening the finish. This should drink well for up to 15 years, possibly more." -Vinous

Robert Parker

RP 91
"The 2020 Volnay Village opens in the glass with notes of plums and sweet red berries mingled with peonies and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, deep and perfumed, with lively acids and powdery, melting tannins, it's beautifully vibrant and refined." -Robert Parker


D 93
"This is among the reference points for village Volnay. It is a wine with a winningly ripe aroma of blackberry, spice and roses. The texture is supple and approachable, but with time one sees the concentration and subtle tannic grip - there are no hard edges, but noticeable reserves of power. It is produced from the 1.7ha of village vines that don't go into the Vendanges Sélectionnées. They are spread over six lieux-dits, including Les Famines, Les Buttes, and Des Cros Martin. The fruit is destemmed and gently fermented before ageing in older casks."


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Elegant , Silky

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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