Beaune Blanc 1er Cru Aigrots 2008, Domaine Michel Lafarge, 12x75cl bottles
Domaine Michel Lafarge
|Producer||Domaine Michel Lafarge|
|Region||Burgundy & Chablis|
In contrast to the Meursault, this is a far more mineral wine with greater acidity and a long, fresh vital feel. On the palate, there is already the hint of considerable complexity and potential and...Read More
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Armit Tasting Note
In contrast to the Meursault, this is a far more mineral wine with greater acidity and a long, fresh vital feel. On the palate, there is already the hint of considerable complexity and potential and this looks certain to be the most successful vintage of this relatively new addition to the cellar seen to date. Drink from 2012. 0
Domaine Lafarge dates back to the Revolution and beyond. Over a great many years, this has been the source of some of the most consistently fine wines in the Côte de Beaune and they are never flippant wines for casual, premature acquaintance, a good 10 years for anything at village level or above will be no problem at all. The Lafarges are still committed vignerons who are in the vines every day and who totally believe that the quality of the fruit is the secret to great wine. The vines are treated with great care allowing the nuances of the terroir to speak out. The next twenty years at the Domaine will doubtless pass like the last twenty years, producing understated, classic wines of benchmark quality.
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