2015 1er Cru Frionnes Domaine Hubert Lamy

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Saint Aubin
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Frionnes

Frionnes seems to be revelling in the conditions of 2015 - a mix of exciting brightness and freshness. Olivier says this tastes electric - which in discussion means he is thinking of the effect of touching your tongue to the terminals of a nine volt battery. I think its the energy that sparks from the mineral element, the sunniness and the acidity. Very good either way - firm finish shows good future. Drinking range: 2018 - L&S (Nov 2016)

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(tasted from tank): Pale yellow with a green tinge. Distinctly citric aromas of lemon, lime and white flowers. Very fresh and penetrating, showing excellent density leavened by terrific lift; boasts superb limestone intensity. A subtle salinity carries through to the almost painful palate-staining finish. A real outperformer for its appellation. Rating: 91-92 Stephen Tanzer, 2017)

Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes 2017)

Luscious floral notes. Rather arresting! Very demanding. Cool and clean on the end. Bone dry and grapefruit notes. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2017)

The 2015 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has a complex bouquet with hints of white flowers intermingling with the citrus and stony aromas. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, the acidity very nicely judged here and lending wonderful harmony and focus. It gently fans out on the finish with hints of greengage and citrus peel, completing a superb Saint-Aubin from Olivier Lamy. This comes recommended. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, 2016)

Olivier harvested in three batches from younger vines to old. Quite scented and on the palate it is juicy and vibrant. Sweet/acid. Ripe and then a bit lean on the finish. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2016)

Domaine Hubert Lamy

Olivier Lamy has built on the solid foundations his father Hubert prepared with twenty years and more of work in the vineyards. Today the Domaine has 18.5 hectares of vines - 80% are Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vines are in several appellations - Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay, as well as the excellent Bourgogne Blanc. The reputation of the domaine is now made, but the Saint Aubins, both red and white, remain some of the bargains of Côte d'Or, and challenge the supposed superiority of the grander village names on a regular basis, both in terms of young and mature wines.

Olivier's wine-making style and preference is to emphasise the fresh and the mineral side of his wines, and in 2016 and 2017 there was no new wood at all, and that is with the wines in 600 litre demi-muids rather that the classic Burgundy (225 litre) fût. Certainly Oliver's whites do have an arrow-like purity and intensity, and seem to age completely straight and true.

The reds are worth more than a casual mention too. Olivier has been getting some consultation help from Sylvain Pataille, and the wines have energy and bounce along with the supple tannins and ripeness.

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