The Vigneview Verdict
I recently purchased a bottle of Domaine Michel Lafarge L’Exception 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain (Pronounced: Borgonya Passe-too-grarn)and am so pleased with the results! The phrase passe tout grains actually means ‘pass all the grapes’. Within Burgundy’s Passe-Tout-Grains AOC regions, the wines are a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir grapes. The blend must include a minimum of 1/3 Pinot Noir and maximum of 2/3 Gamay grapes being mixed together before vinification. A harmonious medley of Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir grapes; this wine is deliciously savoury yet also seductive.
The wine captivates with a magenta hue in the glass and exudes an array of delightful aromas and flavours. Early on, my nose was treated to a fresh summer’s harvest of red cherry, raspberry and subtle blueberry notes. Once savoured, I further enjoyed a bit of lingering sweet baking spice which suggests light oak contact. Additionally, I detected the most gorgeous hint of mushroom, indicative of some bottle ageing, along with a touch of rustic earthiness.
The mouthfeel was velvety with soft tannins, yet filled with an uplifting, fresh acidity that offered a beautiful sense of elegance and contrasting complexity. This bottle is a fantastic example of what the Bourgogne Passetoutgrain AOC is capable of producing. No wonder it’s been christened L’Exception!
This bottle of Domaine Michel Lafarge L’Exception 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain is a highly versatile wine. Enjoy pairing with pork dishes such as savoury sausages, tenderloin and even cold-cuts of ham. This is a great picnic wine, as it goes remarkably well with charcuterie-style dishes, roasted vegetables and hummus.
Pair this wine with cheeses such as Brie or Camembert.
Producer: Domaine Michel Lafarge
Region: Bourgogne Passetoutgrain AOC
Grapes: 50% Gamay & 50% Pinot Noir
Colour: Ruby with hints of purple
Red fruits: raspberry and red cherry brandy (kirsch)
Black fruits: subtle blueberry notes
Oak: Subtle sweet baking spice and black pepper
Other: Mushroom and earth
Drinking Window: Drink now until 2025
Price: £24 (Hic!)