Continuing his father Michel’s legacy, Frédéric and now with his daughter, Clothilde, produce some of the greatest wines in Volnay. They have around 10 hectares of Bio-dynamically farmed vines.This small size of holding means they are able to operate by foot and by hand. Frédéric uses a basket press for many of the wines, he even goes so far as to press the grapes with muscle power alone.
Domaine Lafarge Beaune Blanc 1er Cru les Aigrots 2017
“Aromas of smoky green orchard fruit and ripe citrus fruits introduce the 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots Blanc, a medium to full-bodied, layered and incisive wine with good cut and flesh. Pretty and flavorful, this will offer a broad drinking window.
The 2017 is a lovely success for the Domaine Michel Lafarge, one of the great estates of the Côte de Beaune. As usual, these are elegant and classically proportioned wines, cut from quite old-fashioned cloth. The suppleness and purity of fruit that characterize the vintage at its best are on evidence, and the domaine’s lower appellations will drink well in their youth, but the emblematic wines will emphatically reward bottle age. Indeed, to my palate, it’s only with time that these soulful Volnays reveal the true extent of their quality. Lafarge followers will find stylistic parallels with both 2007 and 2000. And thankfully, despite some spring frost, this is a comparatively generous crop for a domaine beset with below-average harvests for the better part of a decade.”
(90–92) William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, Jan 2019