Domaine Michel Lafarge

This long established domaine was one of the first in Burgundy to begin bottling its own produce. As early as the beginning of the 20th century, there were bottles being bought and drunk with the Lafarge label. Today the 10 hectare domaine is run by Fréderic Lafarge, who joined his father, Michel in 1978. Michel still appears during tastings to say hello and chew the cud a little. This very gentle generational change is indicative of their approach to winemaking and even the evolution of the wines, which age very slowly and gracefully. The cellar doesn’t really look like it has changed over the past 100 years, a touch cramped in parts and full of cobwebs, but in fact the domaine is very progressive and has adopted biodynamic practices in the last few years. Unfortunately, the low yields often associated with biodynamism have been compounded by the devasting effect of the weather in the Côte de Beaune which has decimated crops in the last few vintages. There has been virtually no wine produced since 2010. In terms of vinification, things are kept simple. There are a lot of old vines in the domaine, which even in plentiful vintages produce small yields, so the juice coming in to the cellars is high class and concentrated. New oak is kept to a bare minimum and extraction is gentle and respectful. The result is a range of wines that are true to their appellations, completely unflashy and very slow evolving.

Winemaker: Fréderic Lafarge

Hectares: 10 hectares

Bourgogne (various versions)
Côte de Beaune Villages
Pommard 1er Cru
Beaune 1er Cru (red and white)
Volnay 1er Cru



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