Tasted in Volnay with Frédérick Lafarge, 26th November, 2014.
Domaine Michel Lafarge
15 Rue De La Combe
Tel: +33 3 80 21 61 61
Frédérick on 2013:
“We had only 35% of a normal crop in 2013, compared to 50% in 2014 and only 20% in 2012 – my father has never seen such low yields as 2012 (and he has seen a few vintages!) “
The whites will be bottled in February, the reds in April, 2015. Unfortunately, Frédérick had another appointment – in Meursault – in theory only 30 minutes after I arrived for this appointment, so we speed tasted our way through the following:
A beautiful red top-note on the nose. Intense, full of flavour – quite long too – a perfect BPN!
More precise and finer, less forward nose. Simply gorgeous acid-led flavour. More width in the finish too. Yum!
2013 Beaune Grèves
There was none of this in 2012 – yields were so small that it was blended with their Aigrots to make a 1er Cru cuvée.
A nose that’s hard to pin down. Fuller yet with similar intensity and here, just a little fat and a lot of concentration. Super long…!
Lightly spiced. Another very direct wine but with ‘to die for’ clarity in the mid-palate Gorgeous, crunchy fruit and energy. Perfect!
Much more open and apparently complex aromas – super! Lots of intensity in a middle that’s faintly salted and mineral. The last notes, like those that went before, are simply super…
2013 Beaune 1er Clos des Aigrots
A very tight nose. Slightly finer acidity versus the Meursault and a little more sucrosité too. Another long-finishing wine, but not better than the Meursault, just a different character…