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 here 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 with 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 because of the vineyard’s 40% slope and incredibly rocky soils. - Importer Note
Domaine Hubert Lamy is one of the most highly regarded producers across Burgundy. Situated in the Saint-Aubin appellation, the Domaine is now headed up by Hubert's son, Olivier, who took the reins in 1995. Olivier immediately set about making changes to the Domaine - no more selling fruit to negociants, trimming down under-performing sites, and focusing effort on the vineyards that produced the best fruit.
St Aubin has very rocky, mineral soils and borders the communes of Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet. The best St Aubin vineyards lie very close to the great Grand Crus of these communes (in some cases only a few metres away!) However these sites are typically far steeper and rockier than the vineyards of Chassagne or Puligny and result in whites that are often more racy, zesty, and minerally.
This is the style of wine that Olivier looks for. They are refined and fresh, highlighting the rocky, mineral character of his soils. Yields are kept to a minimum and all fruit is sorted in the cellar before processing. Vinification is traditional and the wines are matured in oak casks (20-30% new) for 12-18 months before light filtration and bottling. Olivier has begun using 600-lt tonneaux, rather than all 225-litre barriques. He feels this protects the purity of the fruit without over-oaking. Today, the majority of Lamy’s production is raised in these larger casks.
Despite their rarefied quality Domaine Hubert Lamy remains one of the finest bargains of the Côte d’Or.
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