|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Clos des Gravières|
Mostly young vines, with just a small parcel of some older ones, but Olivier is rightly excited about this site. A bit of smoky mineral, wet stones - it's on a white limestone soil on a slope - sweet edge too, very easy to like, fresh, sappy and long. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2018)
Heady and yet precise. Lots of ripe fruit well trained. Tight and chewy on the end. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2017)
The 2015 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières, a hot vineyard that tends to be picked earlier, has a simple, uncomplicated bouquet that is yet to develop personality - a little anonymous at the moment. The palate is balanced with touches of pear drop and orange peel, although I would be seeking more tension on the finish once in bottle. The 2014 was certainly in a better place this time last year, although 2015 would not have favored this vineyard. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 85-87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(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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