Saint-Aubin Premier CruPremier Cru
Grape Variety :
Site: located at the heart of the "côte des blancs", between Chassagne and Puligny, next to the famous Montrachet, Saint-Aubin is a wine village in the Southern part of the Côte de Beaune.
Histoiry & tradition: its hamlet called "Gamay" might have given its name to the eponymous grape-variety.
This appellation was acknowledged in 1937.
Soil: limestone and clay with marls.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 49hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 6 to 8 months.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Pale yellow, with light green hints, this wine develops aromas of fresh almond and white flowers such as wild rose.
The mouth is full of harmony and ample. It is first characterized by its mellow structure and then develops spicy fragrances. This elegant wine shows a good ageing potential".
The wines from the Côte d'Or had excellent levels of maturity, good sugar/acid balance and a satisfactory health status. The potential degrees were normal to high. We took advantage of the excellent state of the grapes to use indigenous yeasts during alcoholic fermentations. They lasted about 3 weeks during which we practiced light "batonnage” (lees stirring). The oak ageing is very soft, the lees are of good quality and the ageing will continue in good conditions.
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 2 to 5 years.