DOMAINE HUBERT LAMY
This is the Saint-Aubin domaine to which others aspire. It was founded with 8 hectares in 1973 by Hubert Lamy, who was joined by his son, Olivier, in 1998 – following which began major acquisitions in Saint-Aubin, Puligny, Chassagne and Santenay. The domaine now comprises 18.5 hectares (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir). The reds, all now planted to high-density (minimum of 14,000 vines per hectare) cordon de royat, in order to lower yields and give better maturation, are fine, ripe, pure and juicy. However, the whites are amongst the best in the Côte de Beaune – at once sublimely chiselled, tense, minerally, reticent and crystalline-pure. They are gently pressed then run straight to barrel, with a maximum of 20% new oak (225 ltr pieces and 600 ltr demi-muids), without débourbage.
Bourgogne Blanc “Les Châtaigners” A 1.10 hectare, high site on the top of the hill in Saint Aubin, planted in 1990 – always the last to be harvested. Saint Aubin Blanc “La Princée“ 3 hectares planted in 1985 and 2000. Vinified in 600 ltr demi-muids. Saint Aubin Blanc 1er Cru “Derrière chez Edouard” 1.68 hectares planted in 1990 on white marl soils. Saint Aubin Blanc 1er Cru “Derrière chez Edouard Haute Densité” From the middle ages to phylloxera in the 19th century, many vineyards were planted with up to 30,000 vines per hectare (10,000 is the usual maximum today). The competing root system gives grapes with small berries, thicker skins and less juice and wines of greater depth and concentration. Puligny-Montrachet “Les Tremblots Haute Densité” Situated at the southern end of the commune of Puligny. See above re high density. Saint Aubin 1er Cru “Derrière chez Edouard” 0.95 hectares planted in 1960.