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2009 Saint-Aubin, 1er Cru “Le Champlot” – Sylvain Langoureau
Saint-Aubin is a village just west of a swath of vineyards that all have “Montrachet” in their names. The vineyards of the appellation begin near the village itself in the west, and spiral around several hillsides, the hamlet of Gamay, and finally, down to the border of those celebrated Montrachet vineyards. The Premier Cru Le Champlot vineyard is perched on a hillside facing southwest just above the village of Gamay. Interesting to note that the southeastern slope of the same hill is in Puligny-Montrachet. The resulting wine has a mineral distinction and sleekness similar to that of its eastern neighbor. Langoureau’s efforts with his 8.5 hectares has placed him in the upper echelon of Saint-Aubin producers. This 2009 Le Champlot displays rich fruit and mineral aromas; a fresh, lively, well balanced mouth feel; and a crisp finish of mineral, fruit, and spice. Drink now through 2016.
2004 Nuits-Saint-Georges, 1er Cru “Clos des Argillières” – Domaine Bertrand Ambroise
Located in Premeaux-Prissey just south of the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, you’ll find Maison Bertrand Ambroise. Bertrand’s terroir-driven wines have zest and gusto, much like the man. Within the des Argillières vineyard (in Premeaux-Prissey) is an enclosed vineyard, the sweet spot, the Clos. It is a special piece of terroir within the vineyard. This 2004 Nuits-Saint-Georges shows pretty aromas of cherry cola, underbrush, sarsaparilla, and cigar box. On the palate, the wine is medium in body with fresh, zippy red fruit akin to tangy currants framed by earth and forest floor. The tannins are fine and the finish is lively and long. Its slightly brickish color may suggest that it is mature and ready to go, though its structure indicates that it could easily be enjoyed for another 5-10 years. If you drink it now, an hour’s decanting should do the trick. Serve it with a hearty stew or Osso Buco. – Peter Zavialoff