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2013 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru

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Michel Lafarge, and his son Frédéric, called 2013 a vintage where a “cool and humid spring led to having a very late start…

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Michel Lafarge, and his son Frédéric, called 2013 a vintage where a "cool and humid spring led to having a very late start where the development of the vegetation was 3ish plus weeks later than usual. Things did not improve which had the effect of an extended and uneven flowering. Things improved during July though that was punctuated by the severe hailstorm that lasted for 30 minutes on the 23rd. The Clos des Aigrots and Pézerolles were hit between 80 and 90%. The rest of the season was up and down with periods of sun and warmth punctuated by periods of rain and relatively cool temperatures. Towards the end of the growing season it was interesting because while the sugars weren't really budging the phenolic maturities skyrocketed. We chose to begin picking on the 3rd of October and we were surprised at how little sorting was required. The damaged berries had fallen off and the poor flowering had created bunches with relatively few berries on them that allowed for better than usual aeration which served to limit the spread of any rot. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 12.2% range and we chaptalized to a maximum of .5%. Yields though were another story and once again they were tiny as across all of our appellations they were down fully 65%. As to the wines, they're super fresh, ripe and restrained with excellent transparency to the underlying terroir and should age well over the medium-term." - Burghound

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