2016 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Domaine Hubert Lamy

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Beaune
Village Santenay
Classification 1er Cru
Vineyard Clos des Gravières

Good limestone soil here - and this is clear on the palate. The nose is pretty and delicate, floral white petals. The palate has some nice weight, but the mineral, limestone hit is to the fore and gives a spic and span feel. Good flow, bright and juicy acidity, some push too - this goes on well. L&S (Oct 2017)

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A completely different aromatic profile presents notes of petrol, resin, pear and soft spice wisps. Generously proportioned and very rounded medium-bodied flavors exude a subtle minerality on the textured, clean and moderately dry finish that offers even better depth and length. Good stuff that is built-to-age yet should drink well young if that is your preference. Drinking range: 2023 - Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, 2018)

The 2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Blanc offers subtle traces of orange blossom and blackcurrant leaf on the nose. I suspect that it will develop more intensity by the time of bottling. The palate is brisk and saline on the entry with good acidity, very saline with a noticeable marine/iodine influence toward the satisfying finish. This is an intriguing Santenay Blanc that will be fascinating to watch evolve. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2017)

Very ripe notes with edge of orange and with dry minerality on the finish.Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Nov 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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