Only the 4th vintage from this domaine owned by the great Volnay producer Frederic Lafarge of Domaine Michel Lafarge. In such a short time they have managed to make some very successful wines that only seem to get better vintage after vintage. Lafarge only has about 5 hectares of vines in Beaujolais which is all biodynamically farmed and at the top of the list is the Joie du Palais in Fleurie. A 1.5 hectare parcel planted in the 50s on a very steep slope of pink granite soils that can only be plowed by horse. The vines produce a naturally limited yield for beautifully complex and concentrated wine with Cote d'Or influence. Its a stunning bottle at this price point and we have a limited amount in stock!
John Gilman 93+ points! "The 2018 Joie du Palais from the Lafarge family also includes twenty-five percent whole clusters, with all of the destemming that was done of the remaining bunches having been done by hand! The bouquet is very pure and expressive out of the blocks, jumping from the glass in a mix of red plums, cherries, sweet cranberries, a fine base of soil, gamebird and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full and beautifully sappy at the core, with lovely mineral drive, ripe, buried tannins and a long, complex and vibrant finish. This is a gorgeous bottle in the making."
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93+ points! "Beautifully vibrant and precise, the 2018 Fleurie Joie de Palais wafts from the glass with a pretty bouquet of raspberries, red plums, peonies and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, lively and elegant, it's built around fine, powdery tannins and a tangy spine of acidity. Built for the cellar, this will show beautifully after four or five years of bottle aging, and it will continue to improve for a decade or more. This 1.5-hectare parcel of steeply sloping decomposed pink granite was planted in the 1950s."