Domaine Michel Lafarge

Owner(s) Michel Lafarge, Frederic Lefarge
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Frédéric Lafarge, and his father Michel, are probably the most famous father-and-son team working in Burgundy today. They work together to redefine and convey the traditions of past generations. The Lafarges have around 10 hectares of vines in the famed village of Volnay. Michel and Frédéric believe that the initial selection of plant material is one of the most important decisions a vigneron makes. The vines are mature, very little new oak is used, and the wines are handled as seldom as possible, with only a couple of rackings, a light fining and rarely any filtration. The Lafarge domaine is run very much by instinct and with respect for the terroir, with no sense of imposition, and with biodynamic techniques. The wines are consistently outstanding and tres Volnay.

Michel participated in the International Pinot Noir Festival in Oregon in 2008 - look for a podcast of the symposium on sustainability he participated in on Grape Radio (

Reviewed Wines

2005 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

Quite young and sporting moderate tannins. Impressive structure with plenty of concentrated spiced and earth-toned fruit with a silky texture. This one will easily last twenty years. Reviewed September 15, 2008 ARTICLE »

2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne

12.5% alc., $20. Imported by Vinalia Imports Inc., a Becky Wasserman Selection, Camarillo, CA. · Rich aromatics with sweet red fruits, mushrooms, barnyard and a little Brett. Soft red and blue fruits are likeable, but the finish is too dry and tart. Reviewed October 14, 2007 ARTICLE »

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