2016 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

A slightly riper blend features notes of various white orchard fruit, floral and more discreet citrus nuances. Despite the evident concentration and volume the medium-bodied flavors retain a fine sense of cut and punch with a driving and saline-inflected finish that displays focused power and a hint of bitter lemon. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, (Jun 2018)

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Light, floral nose. Not the tensest 2016 but floral in a biodynamic sense and quite distinctive. Something just a little bit bitter on the end? Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2018)

The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes has an attractive bouquet with scents of citrus peel and blackcurrant leaf. It needs to develop a touch more harmony but it does appear to gain detail in the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite primal with grapefruit and Granny Smith apple notes. There is moderate depth here, but I just find it a little conservative on the finish, as if it does not want to go that extra mile. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, 2017)

This is the proper blend with the old and middled aged vines. It has fruit and minerality. Quite floral, juicy and this has much more energy than the young vines in the press experiment. This really has much more zip and a freshness to the finish than the younger vines in the press experiment. This is very nicely layered too. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 15.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 2017)

(30 hectoliters per hectare produced): Pale yellow. Brisk aromas of lemon and ginger. Then surprisingly supple in the mouth, offering captivating flavors of grilled hazelnut, spices and white pepper. The long, rising finish features strong salty minerality along with a faint hard edge that will require a long élevage. Rating: 88-91 Stephen Tanzer, 2017)

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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