Domaine Lafarge Vial Clos Vernay Fleurie 2019

Domaine Lafarge Vial Clos Vernay Fleurie 2019

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94 points  -The Wine Advocate

"The most structured Fleurie in the range is the 2019 Fleurie Clos Vernay, a medium to full-bodied, elegantly muscular wine evocative of plums, sweet wild berries, orange rind and spices. Built around tangy acids and powdery tannins, it will reward patience—indeed, this would be a fine candidate for purchase in magnum. As I've written before, this sheltered, southeast-facing site is defined by decomposed granite and quartz soils. The 2019s have turned out beautifully at Domaine Lafarge-Vial, bursting with fragrant fruit, finer boned and more ethereal in style than the 2018s at the same stage. Acquired in 2014 by Volnay's Frédéric Lafarge and his wife Chantal, née Vial, this four-hectare domaine is biodynamically farmed. The grapes are partially destemmed and fermented with punch-downs and pump-overs during the maceration, followed by pressing in a vertical press. Maturation is in well-used cooperage from the Domaine Lafarge in Volnay. The result is old-school cru Beaujolais, built to age. Any readers looking for Gamay that will, with time in bottle, converge with great Pinot Noir should look no further." -WK 08/2021

93 points  -Allen Meadows, Burghound

" (from vines planted in 1975 and 1980). Here there is more earth influence on the ripe and beautifully layered aromas of spice, violet, and plum. The gorgeously textured, refined and even more mineral-driven flavors display superb length on the equally complex finale. This is outstanding and one to strongly consider." 04/2021