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One of Burgundy’s best kept secrets is barely a secret any more. Olivier Lamy is making some of the purest and most mineral white Burgundies of the Côte (and some pretty damn handy reds) and demand now far exceeds supply. This will not surprise those who know how this exceptional vigneron works in the vines. Pioneer of high density and of Poussard pruning amongst other things, Lamy’s attention to detail and innovation in the vineyard is now an inspiration to knowledgeable growers across the Côte and even the world!

“I would blindly buy any of the white St-Aubin premiers crus…”

Bill Nanson, The Finest Wines of Burgundy

“These wines offer incredible quality for the price.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com

“Young vigneron of great quality, Olivier Lamy produces St Aubins that are worthy of comparison with the greatest wines of Burgundy…”

La Revue du Vin de France, les Meilleurs Vins de France

“Though known for his whites, Olivier Lamy has half-a-dozen reds in his range, the standout being the Santenay Clos des Gravières that exuded class and was way above its station. Overall, it was a bountiful crop of top-class wines from Olivier, continuing to reaffirm his status as one of the best winemakers in the Côte de Beaune.” 

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Winemaking

Below are my translations form Lamy’s website

Chardonnay

The grapes are whole bunch pressed, gently, using a pneumatic press. Lightly racked into 1-5 year old 300L barrels and 600L demi-muids. Fermentation takes place in the barrels with temperature controlled using a cool cellar to aid a long slow fermentation of up to 90 days.

My experience is that such long, slow fermentation results in increased mid-palate weight and long creamy mouthfeel.

The Chardonnay is stirred a little to suspend lees and malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. In August (11month after harvest). The wines are lightly fined with cassein (a milk protein) that will clarify them and remove some phenolics. Sulphur additions are made according to analysis.

The wines are bottled after 12-18months élevage.

Pinot Noir

Fruit is 100% destemmed. Maceration lasts around 20 days with pigeage and pumping over according to the season. 1-3 year old barrels are used for maturation. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel. The wines are racked, fined and filtered if necessary.

The wines are bottled after 12-18months élevage.

The 2016 Vintage at Domaine Lamy

2016 is a truly outstanding vintage at this address in both colours, as it is indeed at many addresses across the Côte d’Or. Some are arguing it may well be the finest since 2010 (or 2014 if we are only talking whites), although the quantities are significantly down, which of course makes it all the more frustrating.

To quote one of our favourite Burgundy growers, Ghislaine Barthod, “It is certainly one of my finest years, perhaps the finest. But it is also certainly my smallest in terms of production.” It’s enough to bring a tear to a Burgundy lover’s eye!

But let’s focus on the positive we have before us today. Olivier Lamy did suffer losses to the frosts that ravaged the Côte de Beaune, but it was not as big a disaster for this producer as it was for some, and we have an excellent allocation all things considered. The whites have serious depth yet, as always at this address, tremendous tension, minerality and racy freshness. They have the intensity of 2014, but probably more flesh. They will benefit from two to five years to develop, or even six months just to settle down, although they will wow from the get-go.


Where in the World is Saint-Aubin

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Saint-Aubin branches off from Chassagne-Montrachet. Containing some 20 Premier Cru’s producing 75% white and 25% red.

Produces like Lamy and Pierre-Yves-Collin-Morey are working hard to raise the perception of the village which produces fantastic wines.


Exploring the Geology & Geography of the Villages

In this video the villages of Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet are explored. Towards the end, you’ll note the discussion of the soils in the south part of Chassagne-Montrachet being the same as parts of the Côte de Nuits.

Oliver Lamy explore Domaine Hubert Lamy’s Saint Aubin vineyards through their geology

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About the Wines

The Whites

2016 Bourgogne Les Chataigners

Lamy now farms four small parcels, planted in 1990 and 2008, on the white limestone of Les Chataigners. Tucked up at the far end of the village, the sheltered site is Lamy’s highest and coolest vineyard. This fruit is whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented before being raised in ten-year-old barrels. It has excellent intensity for the level. A juicy, mineral crunchy white Burg that will certainly benefit from a year or two to settle and flesh out. Huge electricity but Meadows is right, if you want fat and texture, this is not for you.

86-89 Points

“An intense and ultra-fresh nose combines notes of grapefruit with those of Granny Smith apples. The racy and equally intense flavors seem extracted from pure citrus fruit while exhibiting good minerality on the chiseled and bone dry finale. I quite like this but note that it won't be for everyone.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin La Princée

This is magic. Representing almost a quarter of Lamy’s production, La Princée is a blend of ten small village parcels totalling just under three hectares. One-third of these vines are now over 60 years old, with the remainder planted in 1985 and 2000. All the parcels are sited in the cooler, east-facing Saint-Aubin combe (or valley), on chalky, mineral soils. It is therefore no surprise that this is a racy, crunchy white Burgundy of enormous, limestone-rich personality and energy. For lovers of mineral white Burgundies, this will offer more pleasure than many wines at twice the price.

87-89 Points

“A cool, pure and restrained nose grudgingly offers up notes of citrus, pear and soft floral scents. The highly energetic flavors are also quite precise and chiseled on the equally bone dry finale.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes

Lamy has 2.4-hectares in this 1er Cru with the vines planted in 1935, 1960 and 1985. Les Frionnes is a southeast-facing site with old, decomposed limestone/clay soils and a plethora of small rocks in the top soil. The vines here are adjacent to the Derrière chez Edouard, but this is a slightly warmer site and is picked earlier. Exposed to the south, but on firm mineral soil, Frionnes gives both pulpy fruit and vibrant, saline freshness. The 2016 is wonderful.

90-93 Points

“Outstanding. A slightly riper blend features notes of various white orchard fruit, floral and more discreet citrus nuances. Despite the evident concentration and volume the medium-bodied flavors retain a fine sense of cut and punch with a driving and saline-inflected finish that displays focused power and a hint of bitter lemon.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos du Meix

Lamy has 0.7-hectares of vines in this tiny parcel, situated at the western fringe of the village and planted between 1985-1995. Clos du Meix’s sheltered location, (just below Les Castets on a south facing slope), its heavier clays and the fact that it is fully enclosed by a wall (and therefore protected from the cold, northern winds), always gives this wine excellent texture to go with its intense minerality. Contributing to the wine’s character is the boney soil in this vineyard, there’s only 30cm top soil before the vine’s roots hit the hard limestone. In recent years Clos du Meix has been really hitting its straps and the 2016 is no exception. The note below captures it well.

90-92 Points

“The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Clos du Meix comes from vines on hard limestone soil, and while it may not constitute one of Olivier Lamy's best-known labels, I was very impressed by this showing. It has a well-defined, wet limestone and slate-scented bouquet that translates the terroir extremely well. The palate is very well balanced with a keen line of acidity, very saline in the mouth with the saliva flowing after the wine is departed. You can already envisage this partnering and enhancing a heaped plate of fruits de mer!”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière Chez Edouard

Today Lamy makes three cuvées from this beautiful southeast-facing plot (pictured above), which sits behind the village cemetery. The vines at the front of the picture are Pinot Noir, planted in 1960. Directly behind, on the steeper slope, are the Chardonnay vines that go into this cuvée, planted 17 years ago at a density of 14,000 vines per hectare. To the right of the picture you can see the Haute Densité parcel (approx. 30,000 vines per hectare and offered below) clearly. More on the two other cuvées below. This is a powerful white marl (chalky clay) terroir which always imposes its character (deep and structured) on the final wine. Another great value in the context of Burgundy prices today as the note below makes clear. Expect a layered, ripe yet hugely citric, racy and chalky white Burgundy. Expect something outstanding.

90-93 Points

“Outstanding A slightly more layered nose offers an interesting lemon-lime character on the acacia blossom and green apple aromas. There is terrific punch and intensity to the laser-like flavors that are almost pungently mineral-driven before delivering an explosively long, chiseled and bone dry finish. Patience required.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières

2013 was the first white release from this historically revered site. It comes from a tiny 0.38 hectare plot in the Clos – a walled area within the Les Gravières vineyard, a site at the northern end of Santenay, close to the Chassagne border. The Clos sits on a 30° slope and Lamy’s vines quickly tunnel into pure limestone. This has long been a renowned site with Dr. Jean Lavelle’s famous Burgundy classification already rating the vineyard as a Tête de Cuvée, the highest rating, in 1855. Lamy makes both white and red here, holding 0.28-hectares of Pinot in the same Clos. Most of the vines here are reasonably young. Lamy has increased the density and replaced substandard material with massale vines from a parcel of older vines planted in 1968. The outstanding quality that he is already delivering offers ample proof of the class of the terroir and also the quality of Lamy’s work in the vines. There’s more flesh and layers than the St-Aubin cuvées, yet the same crystalline purity and crunchy, mineral freshness. Both red and white from this vineyard are standouts this year.

90-92 Points

“Outstanding. A completely different aromatic profile presents notes of petrol, resin, pear and soft spice wisps. Generously proportioned and very rounded medium-bodied flavors exude a subtle minerality on the textured, clean and moderately dry finish that offers even better depth and length. Good stuff that is built-to-age yet should drink well young if that is your preference.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

En Remilly is one of Lamy’s prestige terroirs, sitting as it does above the Côte de Beaune’s grand cru vineyards, and produces one of his finest and most sought after wines. It is priced accordingly but still a bargain for a 1er cru of this brilliant class. Lamy has two hectares in this vineyard, planted in 1989 and farms two distinct parcels that sit just above the Chevalier-Montrachet grand cru. One of these parcels is close to his Clos de la Chatenière vineyard and is a warmer terroir on a loosely-knit mix of clay and limestone. The second is a far rockier site on pretty much pure limestone, directly adjacent to Chevalier. This latter parcel brings a cutting tension to the former’s fleshy, layered fruit. The 2016 is an absolutely riveting example, both layered and super mineral, of this outstanding terroir.

91-93 Points

“Outstanding. There is mild touch of the exotic in the form of mandarin orange and viognier-like scents where additional notes of Granny Smith apples and citrus are present. Impressively dense and vibrant medium weight flavors brim with dry extract that buffers the firm acid spine shaping the mineral-driven finish. Excellent.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Vieilles Vignes

This is another of the Lamy benchmarks and perhaps his most famous wine. The Clos is a specific site, enclosed by dry-stone walls, within the larger Chatenière vineyard in St-Aubin. Lamy has 1.25-hectares in the Clos and the vines here are 60 years old. For all intents and purposes, this is a monopole, as Lamy is the only grower able to bottle a separate wine from this site and to label it accordingly. Colin-Morey is the only other grower that has a small parcel and he blends it into his la Chatenière bottling. It’s a south-facing vineyard, set just back and around the bend from En Remilly and Les Murgers des Dents de Chien. It is worked entirely by hand as the vineyard has a 40% slope and incredibly rocky soils making tractor work too dangerous. This gradient and the southern aspect also ensure that the vines receive plenty of sun while the rocky, limestone rich soils (20 centimetres of rocky top soil over hard, compact limestone) give the wines a piercing minerality that perfectly offset the low-yielding intensity. The 2016 is wonderfully deep while maintaining the vibrant minerality for which this site is renowned. Stunning.

90-92 Points

“Outstanding An admirably pure and cool array exhibits distilled notes of green apple, citrus and white floral nuances. There is good mid-palate density to the rich and relatively round flavors that exude both salinity and minerality on the long if ever-so-slightly less complex finale.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien

Lamy has only 0.25 hectares, so we only get a few cases. This brilliant hillside vineyard borders, on one side, the Puligny vines of Champ Gain and sits above the grand cru le Montrachet. The vines here were planted in 1985 and are also affected by millerandé resulting in low yields. A ‘murger’ is a pile of stones or a wall made from the rocks extracted from a vineyard’s soil. Such a name suggests that this place has plenty of fragmented stones and that they are as sharp as ‘dog’s teeth’. It’s a high altitude, rocky site that gives a wine of surprisingly silky texture and depth, yet, as with all the Lamy wines, you will find plenty of intense, chalky minerality.

90-93 Points

“Outstanding. An intensely floral nose enjoys added breadth in the form of citrus peel, pear and apple hints. There is excellent punch and fine richness to the relatively refined middle weight flavors that culminate in a clean, dry and youthfully austere finish that is sneaky long. At least moderate patience will be necessary.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

The Haute Densité (Ultra Close Planted) Whites

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière Chez Edouard Cuvée Haute Densité

This singular wine comes from 0.7-hectares in Derrière Chez Edouard, planted in the year 2000, at a density of roughly 30,000 vines to the hectare. Yes, you did read correctly (the vines are spaced around 30cm apart in 1m rows). At such a density, Lamy typically gets a maximum of three tiny clusters per vine (sometimes one and sometimes none!) and the entire plot only yields enough juice to fill the contents of a single barrel. Lamy’s trials with this spacing have been deemed a qualitative success and he has subsequently rolled out this program in a number of other parcels including Les Tremblots (Puligny, 22,000 vines/ha) and, gulp, on his soupçon of vines in Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (24,000 vines/ha). As you would imagine, distributor allocations of Lamy’s Haute Densité cuvées rarely top more than a few cases and the wines are seldom tasted in the cellars. How does this differ from the other cuvée from the same site? More intensity, more salinity, more mineral concentration (even though that’s hard to imagine) and somehow less overt fleshiness. It’s like the vines are sucking even more from their soils and the result is something completely unique. Cropped at an astonishing 100 grams per vine, there’s 42 bottles for Australia and six magnums.

2016 Puligny-Montrachet Les Tremblots Haute Densité

Lamy already makes a terrific, old vine cuvée from just under a hectare in Les Tremblotsplanted between 1946 and 1970. The HD portion of the parcel has massale selection vines interplanted between a few of these rows, bringing the density up to 22,000 vines per hectare. Although Lamy admits he had created a rod for his own back – his HD parcels require more than twice the work of his regular parcels, for a paltry 100 grams per vine on average – he is obviously thrilled by the class of wine he is achieving—the high ripeness, acidity and mineral intensity equating to something special. With only 12 bottles and three magnums this vintage, the less we say the better!

91-93 Points

“Outstanding. This is aromatically similar to the regular cuvée with perhaps just a touch more prominent floral component. The similarities end there however as there is more interesting texture to the firmer and denser flavors that brim with dry extract on the saline, chiseled and bone dry finish.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

2016 Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Haute Densité

Yes we realise that the price is now off the charts but we get only six bottles (depending on the vintage) from a handkerchief-sized 0.05-hectares parcel, so we take what we can get. And the wine is certainly outstanding and rare. It was mostly replanted in the 1970s and although the Lamy family have farmed the vines here for three generations he has only recently purchased this grand cru plot (obviously for a crazy sum of money). It’s a parcel of vines that borders the southeast corner of Bâtard, right next to Domaine d’Auvenay’s plot (if that makes you feel any better about the price). The density today is 24,000 vines per hectare. In our (admittedly biased) opinion, this is arguably this Grand Cru’s finest and most detailed expression. Unlike most of its contemporaries, it is entirely unfettered by new oak (only one barrique is produced), allowing the drinker to get straight to the heart of the matter.

93-95 Points

“Don’t Miss! “This is the first wine to display any appreciable reduction along with noticeable if not intrusive wood. The rich, muscular and very concentrated big-bodied flavors coat the palate with dry extract on the powerful, serious and very clearly built-to-age finale. Once again, plenty of patience will be required but it should be more than worth the wait as this is potentially fabulous.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 71

The Reds

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvée du Paradis Vieilles Vignes

This wine was previously a village bottling – labelled Le Paradis – based on declassified parcels of younger vine 1er Cru Saint-Aubin from the sites of Les Frionnes, Les Castets, Sur le Sentier du Clou and Derrière chez EdouardWith the fruit having come of age and now deemed 1er Cru quality, Olivier has promoted the Paradis bottling accordingly. Yet it is worth stressing that this wine is still priced as a village! It’s a testament to the integrity of this Domaine that Olivier waited until the vines were more than 30 years old before making the decision to bottle the wine under the 1er Cru designation. This year Lamy worked with roughly 80% whole bunches, no new oak and did not sulphur the wine at all until bottling. A 1er Cru red Burgundy at this price level and quality is something rare indeed! It’s outstanding, as all the Lamy reds are this year. There are only 12 bottles for Australia.

2016 Santenay Clos des Hâtes

Surrounded by 1er Cru sites, the evocatively named Les Hâtes is one of the best village terroirs in Santenay. Lamy’s tiny 0.67-hectare plot is in the heart of the Les Hâtes climat, in the original walled vineyard. It’s a little known fact that a 19th century owner of this vineyard, M. Duvault-Blochet, also owned Domaine de la Romanée-Conti at the same time. This comes mostly from a blend of young vines, massale selected (from d’Angerville and Henri Boillot), and planted in 1999 on quality rootstock that produces small berries and bunches. There is also a parcel of older vines. This year Lamy worked with roughly 80% whole bunches, no new oak and did not sulphur the wine at all until bottling. As someone who drinks a fair bit of Burgundy I can only say that this is an undeniable bargain, and that the score below sells it a tad short. There’s loads of texture, there’s age worthy structure there’s loads of complexity (wild fruits, something earthy, etc.) and there’s a long driven, chalky finish. It the kind of wine that keeps bringing you back to the glass and delivers pleasure and interest in spades. In short, it’s the kind of red Burgundy that we so very rarely find any more at this price level.

88-90 Points

“An overtly floral nose combines notes of both red and dark berries along with a trace of earth. There is very good richness, indeed the medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel, all wrapped in a youthfully austere but only mildly rustic finale. Good quality here in a style that should drink well early on if desired.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70

2016 Chassagne-Montrachet La Goujonne

With their dense, clay-based soils, Chassagne’s lower lying climats are ideally suited to reds, and this wine comes from a parcel of vines planted in the 1960s (and hence labelled as Vieilles Vignes). The Domaine farms a 1.06-hectare plot in La Goujonne in the middle of the village and, again, this was raised in used barrels. Lamy worked with roughly 80% whole bunches and did not sulphur the wines at all until bottling. Olivier Lamy’s reds are getting more and more precise and offering more and more finesse. This is a perfect example of this reality.

89-91 Points

“Outstanding. A deft application of wood sets off the ripe and ultra-fresh aromas of plum, dark cherry, pepper and a newly turned earth. There is excellent richness to the full-bodied and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that brim with old vine dry extract that serves to buffer the moderately firm tannins shaping the complex and balanced finish. This isn't an elegant wine but then again that's not why one buys Chassagne villages level reds. In a word, excellent.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70

2016 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Derrière chez Edouard Vieilles Vignes

This has long been one of Olivier Lamy’s finest reds, year in, year out. It comes from just under a hectare of vines in the lower slope of the Derrière chez Edouard where the soils have more clay. The vines here are more than 50 years old and gift very small, yet ripe and intensely flavoured bunches that produce a deeply intense and layered wine. Again, this was raised in used barrels and Lamy worked with roughly 80% whole bunches and did not sulphur the wines at all until bottling. Another bargain. The note below sums this up reasonably well although it does not need cellaring. Yes it will age, but it is already delicious. Do not hesitate!

90-92 Points

“Outstanding. An exceptionally fresh, cool and restrained nose features notes of plum, violets and spice. There is fine richness and intensity to the solidly powerful and punchy flavors that possess the classic Edouard minerality on the linear, delineated and youthfully austere finale. In contrast to the prior two wines this will need at least a few years of cellaring first. Recommended.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70

2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières Vieilles Vignes

Lamy’s red from this site comes from a tiny 0.28 hectare parcel of 45-year-old vines in the Clos (see the note above for the white from this site for more details on the vineyard). It’s a very long and perfumed wine made with the 80% whole bunch vinification adding to the wine’s brightness, structure and tapering finish. Simply great Santenay.

90-92 Points

“Outstanding. The restrained, cool and elegant nose only grudgingly gives up darker scents of ripe and wonderfully layered black cherry, plum, violet and warm earth. There are appealing spice hints on the rich and solidly concentrated flavors that possess excellent volume while delivering fine length on the more generous if less precise finish. This too is very much worth considering.”

Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 70