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Domaine Michel Lafarge Clos du Chateau des Ducs Volnay Premier Cru Monopole Burgundy France, 2018, 750

Domaine Michel Lafarge Clos du Chateau des Ducs Volnay Premier Cru Monopole Burgundy France, 2018, 750

$ 299.00

Domaine Michel Lafarge Clos du Chateau des Ducs Volnay Premier Cru Monopole Burgundy France, 2018, 750

  • Size: 0.57 ha (1.41 ac)
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Vine Age: Planted 1946-1985, 2000
  • Terroir: Very gentle slope facing southeast. Deep, brown, clay soils on limestone. Monopole and true clos located in the garden of Domaine Lafarge. 290-meters elevation.
  • Viticulture: Certified organic (Ecocert) and biodynamic (Demeter)
  • Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, pneumatic press, indigenous yeast fermentation, lightly settled. Aged for 18 months in older barrels, unfiltered.

Site: The Clos de Chateau des Ducs is located in Volnay, in the humble garden of the Lafarge Domain—making this hidden gem a true clos as well as a true monopole. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 290 meters. The slope is very gentle. It faces southeast. The vineyard is quiet and small with lush green trees, and there are even a few wandering chickens.

Geology and Soil: The soil here is deep because it stays in place thanks to the walls of the clos. The soil is brown (very little iron) and clay-rich. After about 35-40 cm of brown clay soil, there is a 25-centimeter layer of gravel—giving the vineyard excellent drainage.

Lafarge Parcel: Le Clos du Château des Ducs is a parcel that belongs entirely to the Lafarge domain, called a "monopole" in French.

The walls of the clos provide protection in many ways—they protect the soils from washing away or receiving outside material, and they also protect the vines from wind and frost, making this vineyard one of the warmest and often one of the first to be harvested. Frédéric believes that the well-drained soils make for lighter, softer wines.

 

Decanter 96
"It took seven people five hours to destem the grapes from the Lafarges' parcel of the Clos du Château des Ducs, something that was 'very Zen', according to Frédéric Lafarge. Pure, refined and almost crystalline in its fruit clarity, this is a stunning wine with sculpted tannins and vivud acidity. Those seven people did not toil in vain. Drinking Window 2028 - 2038."



Burghound 92-95
"An attractively fresh nose only slowly reveals its aromas of spicy dark currant, black cherry, floral and exotic tea scents. There is excellent intensity to the mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess a supple yet highly energetic mid-palate while the superbly complex and beautifully long finish is also quite firmly structured and built-to-age. This is quite simply outstanding. *Burghound Don't Miss Outstanding!"


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