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2008 Saint-Aubin, Premier Cru En Remilly– Sylvain Langoureau
Nestled among the rolling hills of the Cote de Beaune just west of the world’s most famous Chardonnay vineyards lies the village of Saint-Aubin. The Premier Cru vineyard En Remilly lies on the Mont Rachet slope on a hill known as Roche du May. In Burgundy, it’s all about location! It’s interesting to point out that the eastern-most finger of En Remilly borders the highly vaunted Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard. Situated between the vineyard and the village of Saint-Aubin is the village of Gamay. That is where you’ll find a certain garage and cellar otherwise known as Domaine Sylvain Langoureau. Langoureau has several plots around Saint-Aubin, but it is the En Remilly that is his showpiece. Rich and complex, this wine is a harmonious amalgam of fleshy white fruit, blossoms, stony minerals, zippy acidity and a hint of vanilla. This will drink well for up to 10 years.
2007 Nuits-Saint-Georges, Premier Cru Les Cras – Domaine Francois Lamarche
The torch has been passed as daughter Nicole has taken the reigns from her father and is now making the wine here. Now in her 2nd vintage, Nicole maintains the Lamarche style of winemaking. She has made a couple of small adjustments like reducing the percentage of new oak to allow the fruit and terroir to shine. The triage, or sorting, was pretty severe, resulting in a smaller crop than the norm. The result is pure, expressive Lamarche Nuits-Saint-Georges! The 2007 vintage in Burgundy is marked by precision and purity. They say timing is everything, and we’re glad Nicole came along just in time for this vintage. Burghound’s Allen Meadows described Nicole’s 2007 Nuits Cras thusly, ” … there is good freshness and energy in the mouth as the minerally, intense and pure medium-bodied flavors offer excellent definition and length.” This should be ready to drink in 3 years and last another 10-15. – Peter Zavialoff