In addition to managing the family domaine in Volnay, Frédéric and Chantal Lafarge decided in early 2014 to embark on a new adventure a little further south by acquiring a 4 ha spread of vineyards in Beaujolais, with vineyards in Fleurie and Chiroubles. They have sought out older vines (ranging from 30 to 70 years old) across 5 terroirs, most of which were already organic. They immediately began the conversion to biodynamic viticulture throughout these vineyards.
In one of these vineyards, Joie du Palais, the slope and gradient is so steep that many of the rows can only be worked by horse.
We began picking on the 27th of August and the fruit was very ripe but not over-mature as the potential alcohols were no higher than 13%. We used around 15% whole clusters and did no punching down as the skins were so thick that I didn't want to risk making excessively tannic wines. The total cuvaison lasted 9 to 10 days and then we racked them off, let them lie tranquilly in barrel until November 2017 and then bottled them. I like them a lot as they should age very well yet be accessible young.
This offers an additional step up in terms of elegance and complexity with its well-layered nose of red and dark raspberry, warm earth, violet and lovely spice wisps. The sense of refinement continues on the slightly punchier and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the tautly muscular, firm and impressively long finish.
JOSH RAYNOLDS - VINOUS
Bright ruby. Dark berries, pungent flowers, incense and a smoky mineral flourish on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with sweet blackberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that are sharpened and given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Powerful yet lithe in character, finishing very long and chewy, with sneaky tannins lending shape and grip to the impressively concentrated fruit.'