Domaine Lafarge-Vial 'Clos Vernay' Fleurie 2014 (Beaujolais, France) "...red berries, cake spice, smoke..."
Fred Lafarge and Chantal (Vial) Lafarge have pieced together a small 4-hectare domaine in the Beaujolais, with vineyards in Fleurie and Chiroubles. They have found vielles vignes (ranging from 30 to 70 years old) in 5 terroirs, most of which were already organic. In the Lafarge style, they immediately began their conversion to biodynamic viticulture. In one of the crus, Joie du Palais, the slope is 52%, and a few of the rows must be worked by horse.
"Bright red. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and spicecake and conveys a smoky mineral topnote. Concentrated yet lithe, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors that show very good clarity and back-end lift. This suave, seamless wine smoothly combines power and finesse and finishes very long and silky, displaying resonating floral and red fruit qualities. The producer's Côte d'Or lineage shows strongly here. Drink: 2018 - 2022 (Aug, 2016)" - 92 Points, Vinous