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2005 Michel Lafarge Volnay Vendages Selectionnees

ITEM 8007979 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Amount Total
$90
Item Sold Amount Date
I8020295 1 $91 Dec 5, 2021
I7946644 2 $91 Sep 12, 2021
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RATINGS

90-91+ The Wine Advocate

...offers generous black cherry and plum with tart fruit skin and bitter fruit pit adjuncts. A rich meatiness puts one in mind a bit of Pommard...

90Burghound.com

..red pinot and black cherry aromas nuanced by hints of earth and animale that can also be found on the rich, velvety and equally serious medium plus weight flavors that coat the mouth with dense but fine tannins...

17+ Jancis Robinson

...Fresh, bold – quite dramatic and meaty. The wine needs much more time and the tannins are still quite tough but it’s certainly convincing for the long term

PRODUCER

Michel Lafarge

Michel Lafarge dates its history in the commune of Volnay, in Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune, to the 19th century. The domaine owns or leases 28.75 acres of premier cru and villages vineyards including premier cru parcels in Les Caillerets, Clos des Chenes, Clos du Chateau des Ducs (a monopole), and Les Mitans. The estate frequently produces 16 cuvees from their vineyards, and all are much admired. Clive Coates has written the Michel Lafarge and his son Frederic “produce some of the most delicious wines in the village, all the way from a splendid Bourgogne rouge to the yardstick Clos des Chenes.”

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Volnay

Volnay is a small appellation with just 904 vineyard acres and a town of fewer than 500 residents. Nevertheless, to Burgundy enthusiasts, it's a jewel. Clive Coates calls Volnay “one of the most delightful wines and one of the most rewarding communes in the Côte d’Or.” Robert M. Parker Jr. described Volnay as “the queen of the Côte de Beaune.” Volnay has always been appealing. In the 13th and 14th centuries the powerful Dukes of Burgundy acquired land there and built chateaux. The medieval town sits on the hillside above the vineyards and the appellation is restricted to red wines made of Pinot Noir. Though there are no Grands Crus, there are 35 Premiers Crus. Some reviewers say the lighter soil of Volnay, compared with Pommard to the north, makes Volnay wines more delicate and elegant than wines from neighboring appellations. Robert M. Parker Jr. wrote that Volnay has a “high-quality level of winemaking…The top Volnays possess an immense, seductive fruitiness and lushness…”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.