Domaine Michel Lafarge | Volnay

Domaine Michel Lafarge is situated in the heart of the village of Volnay and produces some of the finest red wines in Burgundy. Michel Lafarge took over from his father in 1949 and was joined by his son Frédéric in 1978. Michel sadly passed away in January 2020 at the age of 91. His passing was marked by an outpouring of respect from all over the wine world.

The domaine, now run by his son Frédéric and granddaughter Clothilde, is rightly hailed as one of the finest estates in Volnay. The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, using eco-friendly resources including a band of travelling chickens to eat vineyard pests and a horse to plough between their 10 hectares of vines.

There is nothing modern in their winemaking (very little new oak is used), though the meticulous care of their biodynamically farmed vineyards puts the domaine at the forefront of viticultural practices. The wines are handled as gently as possible and are allowed to speak for themselves; they are wonderfully aromatic and balanced with subtle flavours and the capacity for some very serious ageing if one has the patience.