An appealing elegant, high-toned and equally airy nose reflects notes of pure essence of red pinot fruit that is sprinkled with floral, spice and earth hints. The sleek, lacy and beautifully energetic middle weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the detailed, focused and sneaky long finish. Textbook Mitans.
According to Frédéric Lafarge, Les Mitans is 'always charming, Volnay par excellence', and there is no reason to dissent from his analysis in 2015. A fragrant bouquet of red plums, wild berries, rose and woodsmoke precedes an elegant, supple palate with lovely juicy acidity and refined tannins. Drinking Window 2018 - 2050.(WK)
The 2015 Lafarge Mitans offers up a lovely blend of red and black fruit on the nose this year, delivering a complex mix of red and black cherries, a touch of red currant, gamebird, lovely spice tones, a fine base of soil, mustard seed and a whisper of cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, tangy and quite Caillerets-like in personality this year, with ripe tannins, tangy acids and fine focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. (Drink between 2025-2075)
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Mitans, which sees just around 20% new oak, offers very pure redcurrant and strawberry notes on the nose, feminine and pretty rather than powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, plenty of strawberry and red cherry fruit here, quite solid towards the finish and probably requiring 3-5 years in bottle, because this does have great substance and should age with style. In a word: noble. “My father Michel said that the 2015s reminded him of the 1929s,” commented Frédéric Lafarge in the inner sanctum of his mold-encrusted, grotto-like cellar. Hmm...I know Michel is no spring chicken. They are clucking around the vineyard. But how can Michel remember such an ancient legendary vintage? “Oh, he was born in 1928 and he remembers drinking them with his own father and his grandfather,” answers his son. It immediately prompted an image of three generations of Lafarge, some time in the 1930s, a young Michel on his father’s knee being given a small glass of Volnay 1929 to taste. No wonder he dedicated a lifetime to the domaine. (NM)
from 67- and 45-year-old vines): Medium red. Perfumed red cherry aroma lifted by floral and white pepper high notes. Brisk and penetrating, with the bracing cranberry and mint flavors displaying a light touch and sharp definition. This very pure, youthfully taut Volnay relies more on its strong mineral-driven acidity than on its tannins for structure. Really uncanny energy for 2015.(ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)