A deeply affordable treat

Lafarge makes wonderful Volnay, and Volnay can be terribly beautiful. Some journalists have commented that Lafarge makes inconsistent wines, but I feel they make these comments because they don’t understand the ageing profile of Burgundy. It is not always time to drink Burgundy, sometimes you need to wait. This was another remarkable bargain from Bryne’s in Clitheroe.

Volnay “Vendanges Selectionees” 2002, Domaine Michel Lafarge

A charming, scented nose of strawberry and cherry fruit; this smells highly attractive. The fruit is very pure and there is a subtle earthiness to it which adds to its complexity. The palate is soft and fruity, with a reasonable amount of acidity to it which makes the fruit bright and the wine lively. For a village wine this has a lot of class, style and beauty. It is drinking very well now, but has a good future ahead of it is you can be arsed to cellar it for 5-or-so years. Lovely Volnay.