St. Aubin is an AC which covers two villages – Gamay and St Aubin itself – lying roughly west of Chassagne Montrachet in the Cote de Beaune. Producing mainly white wines, it offers a reasonably priced alternative to its more expensive neighbours, the two Montrachets and Meursault. The wine we tried came from a premier cru vineyard, Les Perrieres which sits on the lower slopes of the hills behind the villages. The soil is limestone-based and stony. The winemaker is Henri Prudhon.
Colour: bright lemon yellow and showing some viscosity though not overmuch. The nose had an intriguing smokiness/struck-match aroma with low acidity, suggesting richness rather than a lean palate. What a complex palate, however! Long, dry with the richness showing through and a surprising refreshing acidity that did not manifest on the nose. It struck a beguiling balance of freshness and almost vegetal richness – a wonderful sipping wine, helped by glasses that allowed it to show off. It wore its 14% ABV lightly.
Recap: St Aubin, 1er cru Les Perrieres, Henri Prudhon 2010.
[Richard, en primeur from the WS as part of a mixed case. £12.50 a bottle which is a bit of a bargain. Lovely drink, Geoff’s comments spot on. We drank it from balloon shaped Riedel Meursault glasses which both encouraged and held the aroma.]