Biodynamic viticulture is the newest move at this Côte de Beaune domain, which was founded in the early nineteenth century in the village of Volnay. Michel Lafarge now collaborates heavily with his son Frederic. They began experimenting with biodynamic farming in 1997, and the entire 10 hectare domain has been farmed biodynamically since 2000. These efforts result in quintessentially elegant, sweet, well-delineated Pinot Noirs that are approachable in their youth but improve with cellaring. Lafarge has been a benchmark domain in this village for decades.
The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...
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