2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes (750ml)

2017 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chenes (750ml)

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96 points Decanter

The Lafarge wines are often some of the palest and most delicate in Burgundy, but don't confuse that with a lack of concentration or intensity. Chalky and pithy yet sweetly, alluringly fruity, this is a beautifully transparent, nuanced expression of a great terroir. Drinking Window 2023 - 2030. (TA)  (10/2018)

96 points Decanter

The Lafarge wines are often some of the palest and most delicate in Burgundy, but don't confuse that with a lack of concentration or intensity. Chalky and pithy yet sweetly, alluringly fruity, this is a beautifully transparent, nuanced expression of a great terroir. Drinking Window 2023 - 2030. (TA)  (10/2018)

94-96 points Vinous

 The 2017 Volnay Clos des Chênes 1er Cru has a deep, broody, almost surly bouquet that gradually unfolds in the glass to reveal blackberry, raspberry and briary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm and grippy tannin on the entry. This feels saline in the mouth, very focused and almost symmetrical in style, building towards a smooth and very harmonious, yet grippy finish that lingers in the mouth. Outstanding.(NM)  (1/2019)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

A brooding but wonderfully fresh nose mingles notes of various red berries, spice, earth and plenty of floral influences. The sleek, intense and muscular large-scaled flavors possess excellent power before culminating in a stony and hugely long finish where the only nit is a touch of warmth. This too is explicitly built for the long haul and is a wine that's going to need at least a decade first. (4/2019)

94 points John Gilman

The 2017 Clos des Chênes is again quite remarkable for its extremely red fruity personality this year. The youthful and precise nose is pure and very, very promising, delivering a mix of red plums, cherries, raw cocoa, a complex base of minerality, pigeon, woodsmoke and a nice base of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full and very pure on the attack, with a tightly-knit, but sappy core of fruit, excellent soil complexity, fine-grained tannins and outstanding backend energy on the very, very long and refined finish. (Drink between 2029-2075) (12/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes is the most complex and concentrated wine in the Lafarge cellar, wafting from the glass with notes of sweet plums, spices, candied peel, espresso roast and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with a layered mid-palate framed by an abundance of chalky structuring tannins, concluding with a long, chalky finish. The Lafarge parcel is located at the northeastern extreme of Clos des Chênes where it's more sheltered from the wind than much of the vineyard, which may partially explain why it always seems to stand apart from other domaines' renditions.(WK) (1/2019)