Beautiful and utterly classic set of wines
2010 Lafarge Volnay

Posted by Ian McFadden

"The 2010 range at Domaine Lafarge is going to be a beautiful and utterly classic set of wines." -John Gilman

Lafarge is one of our favorite producers; there is just something about the delineation, the fine-ness, the purity, the understated grace of these wines.

There is also something about the outrageous top-to-bottom quality of Lafarge's range that blows us away. Everything from their Aligote all the way up to their mighty Clos des Chenes is stunning and a benchmark in its own right.

Today, we turn our attention to Lafarge's 2010 Volnay, a village wine that transcends its village status by a long shot.

At $52.95 on bottles and $50.95 on 3-packs, the value here is impressive.

While 2010 is a great vintage for Burgundy in general, Lafarge really nailed it. Bobby and I visited Lafarge last year and we were blown away by his 2010s.

We opened a delicious bottle of 99 Volnay last week. It was a potent reminder that while their Volnays drink well young, the best vintages flourish for a decade plus.

Year after year, it becomes more strikingly clear that Lafarge is one of the best producers in the Côte d'Or - never mind that their hometown boasts no Grand Crus.

Lafarge's wines are about their lacy red fruit, their stony mineral drive and tremendous detail. This is on particular display in their 2010 Volnay.

John Gilman rightly focuses in on the wine's "impeccable balance and focus on the very long and potentially, quite silky finish." And concludes, "This will be a beautiful village wine in the fullness of time."

We've been beating the drum for 2010 Red Burgundy for some time now. The wines have a vividness, a clarity, a transparency and yet plenty of substance. It's a great, classically styled vintage.

We also have focused on just how small the quantities are in 2010 - quantities were down quite a bit, up to 40%. This means that availability islow and prices have climbed by a good amount.

Lafarge's 2010 Volnay shows that you can still find absolutely gorgeous wines at price points that aren't very painful.

The limited quantities, however, cannot be helped. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine

Crush Wine & Spirits

John Gilman: The 2010 Volnay AC chez Lafarge is really beautifully perfumed and elegant this year, as the wine offers up a complex and very vibrant nose of red plums, cherries, raw cocoa, a great base of soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and sappy at the core, with a lovely sense of reserve, moderate tannins, tangy acids and impeccable balance and focus on the very long and potentially, quite silky finish. This will be a beautiful village wine in the fullness of time