A remarkable figure in the Burgundy wine scene, Michel Lafarge sadly passed away in January 2020 at the age of 91. The family domaine and his legacy are now maintained by his son Frederic and granddaughter Clothilde. Based in Volnay, Domaine Michel Lafarge is considered one of the finest estates in the area – and rightly so. With around 12 hectares of vines covering some of the very best sites, the domaine produces fragrant, elegant and velvety smooth wines that are known to show their best to those who are prepared to wait.
The domaine’s winemaking is very traditional but refined; the grapes are destemmed and only a small amount of new oak is used to enhance the individual characteristics. Michel Lafarge was a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in the region, which put the domaine at the forefront of environmentally friendly viticultural practices that are still used today. This includes employing a brood of chickens who eat various pests in the vineyards as well as a horse to plough between the vines.