Domaine Sylvain Langoureau (Saint-Aubin 2015)
~$35 Special Price (6-pack mix-and-match)
Wine pundits are calling 2015 an “extraordinary” vintage throughout the Côte d’Or. Typical of warm and sunny years the 2015 whites are clean, pure and rich, favoring ripe orchard and soft citrus fruits over bracing minerality.
The husband and wife team of Nathalie and Sylvain Langoureau farm about 24 acres of prime vineyards in Saint-Aubin, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. This is a heart and soul garagiste operation based in the tiny hamlet of Gamay, nestled between Puligny-Montrachet and Saint-Aubin. Sylvain vinifies his wines with ambient yeast and small percentages of new oak. The finished wines are elegant, focused gems produced in very limited quantities.
Sylvain describes 2015 as a vintage of maturity: “…the fruit was super-clean and quite ripe…(the wines) are very rich with fine complexity and just enough supporting acidity to maintain the proper balance. They should drink well young and age over the short to perhaps mid-term and as such should be ideal for those who like their whites on the younger side.”
High up on the back slope of the Côte d’Or behind the Grand Cru of Montrachet, the commune of Saint-Aubin is known for refined white wines and excellent value. Sylvain Langoureau’s 2015 Saint-Aubin exemplifies the vintage and the village. A glassful leads with the heady aromatics of lemon curd pastry with suggestions of pineapple, fennel frond, and wet stone. A sip is creamy yet exquisitely balanced by a mineral streak that lasts through a finish that is touched by just the slightest hint of fresh butter. Break a bottle out next time you need to cement a friendship or just have a plate of seafood that could use a mate.
All prices are based on the purchase of six or more bottles (mix-and-match)
~$44 “Les Frionnes” (Saint-Aubin Premier Cru)
Steep slopes located between the villages of Saint-Aubin and Gamay, where the soil is nearly pure limestone.
~$44 Saint-Aubin “Bas de Vermarain à l’Est” (Saint-Aubin Premier Cru)
A stone’s throw from “Les Frionnes” on the same steep limestone slopes.
~$53 “Les Houillères” (Chassagne-Montrachet)
Single vineyard on the border of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet just below the Grand Cru of Montrachet.
~$67 “La Pièce Sous le Bois” (Meursault Premier Cru)
Located just above the plot “Sous le Dos d’Âne.” “La Pièce” designates a patch or a plot of vines, situated in this case, below the wood “Sous le Bois” of Blagny.
~$67 “La Garenne” (Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru)
From vines planted in 1954 on one of the highest Premier Cru slopes in Puligny-Montrachet.
~$67 “Les Chalumeaux” (Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru)
Premier Cru vineyard bordering Meursault and the vineyard of “Sous le Dos d’Âne.”
~$31 “Les Voillenots Dessous” (Chassagne Montrachet 2015)
~$31 “Les Voillenots Dessous” (Chassagne Montrachet 2014)
100% Pinot Noir. Although Chassagne-Montrachet is renowned for its white wines the commune produces just as much red wine. A superb value from a parcel located below the village of Chassagne-Montrachet.