It is no secret that the demand for Burgundy wines often outweighs the supply, but the collectors’ race for this region’s allocations becomes especially intense in great vintages like 2019. Therefore we are absolutely thrilled to have secured a parcel of some of the finest wines in Cote de Beaune, a range from Michel Lafarge. The 2019 vintage was truly magical at this address and resulted in wines, which, as described by William Kelley of The Wine Advocate are “concentrated, vibrant, perfumed and complete—wines, indeed, that largely exhaust this writer’s mine of superlatives. There are signs that collectors’ fixation of the red wines of the Côte de Nuits at the expense of those of the Côte de Beaune is decisively changing, as Lafarge prices on the secondary market really begin to soar, a trend that long-time followers of the domaine will concede is merited even if they lament it. What is clear is that it is only just beginning, so any readers who are able to secure a few bottles of these 2019s shouldn’t hesitate.”

While historically Domaine Lafarge are mostly known for their Volnay, their Beaune and Pommard wines are becoming increasingly popular amongst Burgundy lovers. Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Aigrots is one of the highlights of this range. Sourced from a small 0.88 hectare parcel of vines planted as far back as 1949, this wine embodies class, elegance and finesse, all of which Lafarge’s Pinot Noirs are famous for. William Kelley has awarded the 2019 Clos des Aigrots with 92-94 points, admiring how it is shaping up beautifully, unfurling in the glass with scents of rose petals, raw cocoa, forest floor and sweet berry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, ample and velvety, it’s supple and elegant, with fine-grained tannins, bright acids and a long, saline finish.” Available today at the release price of £315 per case of 6 In Bond this is a not-to-be missed wine for any Burgundy fan.

Another gorgeous single vineyard expression that we are happy to offer today is Pommard 1er Cru les Pezerolles. It originates from a tiny 0.14 hectare plot located in the north of the Pommard appellation and the quantities produced are minuscule. The 2019 vintage offers wonderful depth and, as noted by William Kelley who has granted it 92-94 points “The 2019 Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles opens in the glass with notes of sweet red berries, rose petals, loamy soil and exotic spices. Medium-bodied, bright and lively, with a pretty core of fruit, youthfully chalky tannins and a long, mineral finish, this has a bright future ahead of it.” This higly sought-after wine is offered today at £375 per case of 3 In Bond and is also available in magnum format.

Michel Lafarge wines are known to show their best to those who are prepared to wait and both Clos des Aigrots and Les Pezerolles will become outstanding additions to any collection and will evolve beautifully in the cellar. Therefore we are happy to complete this offer with a wonderful every day drinking option, Lafarge 2019 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain l’Exception. While Passetoutgrain may not be the most popular Burgundy appellation, Domaine Michel Lafarge have certainly taken it to a new level with their harmonious blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir sourced from a co-planted 89-year-old parcel close to Meursault. As described by William Kelley, “Scents of sweet berry fruit, spices and peonies preface the 2019 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain l’Exception, a medium-bodied, bright and precise red that’s pretty and immediate, even if its track record confirms that it will age with grace.” Offered at only £90 per case of 6 In Bond, this is an excellent deal for a wine made by such an acclaimed producer.

Domaine Michel Lafarge earned its international fame thanks to Michel Lafarge himself, who was one of the most respected winemakers in Cote de Beaune, as well as one of the region’s pioneers of biodynamic viticulture. Lafarge passed away in January 2020 and the torch light is now carried by his son Frederic and granddaughter Clothilde. Around 12 hectares of vines cover some of the very best sites in Volnay, as well as small plots in Beaune and Pommard. The wine making approach here is mainly non-interventionist. The grapes are de-stemmed and vinified traditionally, only a tiny amount of new oak is used and the wines are lightly fined and are rarely filtered before bottling. These are classical Pinot Noirs, elegant, smooth and wonderfully fragrant, particularly in the 2019 vintage. Indeed, Neal Martin states that “Lafarge captures that essence of Pinoté like few others. Despite the heat of the growing season, their 2019s shrug that off the warmth so that from top to bottom, every cru is quintessentially Lafarge.” These are highly sought after wines and we urge you to secure your allocation as soon as possible.