St-Aubin

Style - lean, fragrant, attractive, pleasing

St Aubin lies between Chassagne and Puligny in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune. The appellation dates back to 1937 and production is split between whites and red. Recently there has been a move towards more white wine production and the latest figure suggests 65% white to 35% red production. Reds are fruity and often lighter and less tannic than Chassagne. The best whites are similar in style to neighbouring Puligny, albeit less floral and refined. Chardonnay does best on white clay soils with a ligh limestone content, Pinot Noir on brown clay. Most wines from St Aubin are made to be consumed relatively young, however there are some stand out premier crus that benefit from some bottle age. There are 156 hectares of premier cru vineyards, which lie within three separate blocks. The best lie on the south facing slopes that border Chassagne and Puligny Montrachet. En Remilly and Murgers des Dents de Chien are tucked just behind Chevalier Montrachet.

Other notable vineyards include Chatenieres, Sur Gamay (Sous la roche Dumay) and Champlots. The second block lie on the opposite slopes, across the road, bordering Chassagne Montrachet (the best include Charmois and Pitangerets) and the last group are on the slopes above the village. Until quite recently, St Aubin has often been a fraction of the price of Chassagne and Puligny, and offered some excellently priced wines, but as the reputation of the village and the demand for Burgundy has grown, unfortunately so have the prices. It is said that the neighbouring hamlet of Gamay gave its name to the Gamay grape.

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