2018 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Domaine Hubert Lamy
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
|Vineyard||Clos de la Chatenière|
After the Frionnes this has a much sunnier nose - but then it does face south. A smiling openness, but still dry and mineral, cool and straight. Great purity, it's rocky, crystalline. Very impressive now and should be very fine. L&S (Oct 2019)
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The 2018 Saint-Aubin Clos de la Chatenière 1er Cru has an earthy/loamy nose, tilled soils and white flowers, background aromas of shucked oyster shell. It remains very closed on the palate, though there is fine acidity and it feels concentrated and phenolic on the gooseberry and kiwi fruit-themed finish. Drinking range: 2022 - 2038 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Dec 2020)
The 2018 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière bursts with aromas of waxy citrus rind, yellow orchard fruit, clear honey and wheat toast. Medium to full-bodied, round and textural, it's layered and enveloping, with fine concentration and a long, saline finish. Lamy notes that his old vines in this lieu-dit (which is warmer than, for example, Derrière chez Edouard) tend to produce lots of small, shot berries. Rating: 91-93 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Feb 2020)
Cask sample. Minerally nose and very finely sculpted. Long and dense and multilayered. But not cheap! Lots of effort evident in this wine. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2020)
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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