2015 Domaine Lafarge Vial Fleurie Clos VernayGamay from France
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"Lafarge, biodynamics, Gamay, granite – sounds like a match made in heaven n’est ce-pas? As if managing the Lafarge family’s iconic domaine in Volnay wasn’t enough, Frédéric an...
- 93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
93 Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Outstanding. From vines planted in 1975 and 1980. This is beautifully elegant while offering a different expression with its cool, pure and equally well-layered nose of spicy and overtly floral red cherry aromas that are cut with plenty of humus-inflected earth. There is a refined yet marked intensity to the delineated middle weight flavors that terminate in a strikingly long and mineral-driven finish that is shaped by very firm but not hard or even especially austere tannins. This too is remarkably good and if you've got the patience to cellar it for at least a few years, would make a great choice.
In addition to managing the family domaine in Volnay, Frédéric and Chantal Lafarge decided in early 2014 to embark on a new adventure a little further south by acquiring a 4 ha spread of vineyards. Still in Burgundy but working with gamay in Beaujolais and utilizing biodynamic practices, the name is the inclusion of both of their names (Vial is Chantal's maiden name). Lafarge noted that "we began picking on the 27th of August and the fruit was very ripe but not surmature as the potential alcohols were no higher than 13%. We used around 15% whole clusters and did no punching down as the skins were so thick that I didn't want to risk making excessively tannic wines. The total cuvaison lasted 9 to 10 days and then we racked them off, let them lie tranquilly in barrel until November 2017 and then bottled them. I like them a lot as they should age very well yet be accessible young." I agree with Lafarge that his 2015s should age well as they're very well-balanced, not to mention that the quality is excellent."
"Lafarge, biodynamics, Gamay, granite – sounds like a match made in heaven n’est ce-pas? As if managing the Lafarge family’s iconic domaine in Volnay wasn’t enough, Frédéric and Chantal Lafarge decided in spring 2014 to embark on a new adventure a little further south. Still Burgundy but a new sector, a new grape variety and the inspiring Beaujolais Cru terroirs that come with it. What’s perhaps most beautiful about the new project is that the couple really wanted to invest in something together that would be entirely their own creation. This equal partnership is reflected in the inclusion of both of their names for the domaine’s title and on the label (Vial is Chantal’s maiden name)." -Importer
93 - Allen Meadows - Burghound
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||cherry, strawberry and raspberry|
|Nose||violet, rose petal, oak, smoke and mushroom|