Michel Lafarge such a highly regarded winemaker of Volnay, passed away in January 2020, aged 91. Frédéric Lafarge, who began working at the domaine in 1978, now co-manages the estate with his wife, Chantal.The domaine is composed of around 12 hectares of vines on some of the best sites in Volnay.
100% destemming is favoured. Very little new oak used, and the current mix is 5% new oak, with the balance of 2-to 5-year-old wood. The wines are handled as seldom as possible, with only a couple of rackings, a light fining and rarely any filtration. Respect for the terroir was always central to Michel's beliefs. He had long rejected the use of chemicals and the estate converted its operation to biodynamics in the early 2000's.
Clos du Chateau des Ducs is a walled monopole that sits behind the family house. Along with 1er Cru, Clos de Chenes it is a highlight of the domaine.
Clos du Château des Ducs 2011 shows a floral bouquet of violet on the nose, great purity aand precision overall. Elegant fruit notes of cherry, redcurrant and raspberry on a silky palette. An expressive wine with layer after layer emerging in the glass.