Punching Above Its Weight Class: 2014 Lafarge Volnay

Posted by Ian McFadden

This is one of my best scores of the year.

There are times when I can imagine drinking nothing besides Lafarge. The wines are brimming with soul, finesse and fascination.

Lafarge always amazes me. And one of the amazing things about the wines is their top to bottom quality - from Aligoté to Clos des Chenes. Out of the line-up, I've always been very fond of the Volnay village. It's a wine that I stash in my cellar in quantity.

Few village Red Burgundies punch above their weight class the way that Lafarge's Volnay does. Even better, while pricing on many of our favorite village Burgundies has gone vertical in recent years - hitting the $70-80 and even $100 mark - Lafarge's Volnay remains gently priced.

Lafarge's Volnay struts a stony rigor, an energy and a seriousness and complexity that's exceedingly rare for the category. There’s an understated gracefulness and tensile elegance along with beautiful lift.

In 2014, there's a beautiful florality and finesse married to a firm mineral core. The 2014 Volnay crackles with verve and offers a haunting cast of aromatics. Burghound's note captures this well: "layered nose of spice, red and blue pinot fruit, earth and lilac nuances. There is enough underlying tension to the middle weight flavors to add a real sense of vibrancy."

I strongly advise you to stock up. This is a bottle that overdelivers in a big way. It ages beautifully. After five or so years, it develops an impressive level of earthy and mineral-inflected nuance that's really enjoyable.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Lafarge Volnay