Free Tasting of Underdog Burgundy: Michel Lafarge L’Exception & Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligoté

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 28th, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm Chris from Martin Scott Wines will be here pouring samples of two lesser-known and frequently misunderstood Burgundy appellations: Passetoutgrains and Bourgogne Aligote. Given that these two examples are made by Domaine Michel Lafarge and Domaine Pierre Morey, you can be sure that each of these underdogs are a benchmark example of their type.
Domaine Pierre Morey Bourgogne Aligote 2008
Domaine Pierre Morey
Bourgogne Aligote 2008

For twenty years Pierre Morey was the winemaker for Domaine Leflaive, one of the most revered domaines in all the Cote d’Or, though he began working in the vineyards of Burgundy much earlier – at the age of 10! He founded his own domaine in 1971 (long before beginning the work he is most known for in the cellars of Leflaive in 1988) and implemented a completely organic vineyard regimen in 1991. His Aligote vines are in parcels located along the RN74 as it passes Meursault, planted in 1957. The combination of old vines, low yields, and biodynamic viticulture, give this underdog grape the opportunity to show just what it’s capable of: delicious and intense flavors with apple and lime, a briny quality, and refreshing, lively acidity.

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Domaine Michel Lafarge L'Exception 2009
Domaine Michel Lafarge
L’Exception 2009

The Lafarge family have been tending vines in Volnay since sometime in the 1700s, so it’s no surprise that their name has become nearly synonymous with that village. The Lafarges were also among the first producers to bottle their own wines, bypassing the large negociants who once dominated the region. The vines from which they harvest their Passetoutgrain, planted more than 85 years ago along the border separating Volnay from Meursault, are tended in strict accordance with organic and biodynamic principles. An exception to the rule that wines from Burgundy are always made from a single grape variety, Passetoutgrain is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, combining the structure and complexity of red Burgundy and the juicy drinkability of top-tier Beaujolais.

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