Domaine Lafarge Vial, Chiroubles 2018

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Frederic and Chantal Lafarge – Chantal was a Vial – have a new(ish!) small domaine of 4-hectares in the Beaujolais. They have vines in Fleurie and Chiroubles, and quite old vines too. The vines were already, ‘very well cared for, mainly organic’ but, as you would expect, they immediately set out on a biodynamic course.

Frederic describes the vinification as de-stemming, concrete tanks, and older barrels. The first vintage being 2014.

92 points John Gilman

The 2018 Chiroubles from the Lafarge family is a beautiful example of the vintage. The wine was raised in 3,000 liter foudres and included twenty-five percent whole clusters in this year. It was harvested on August 31st and was bottled at the start of November of 2019, so the wine was showing very nicely when I tasted it in the cellars in Volnay. The bouquet is bright and sappy, wafting from the glass in a mix of cherries, sweet cranberries, gamebird, a really fine base of minerality and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and succulent on the attack, with a fine core of fruit, good mineral drive and a long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. This is really lovely.(1/2020)

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