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Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru Sur Le Sentier Du Clou 2009 Product #27946 (In Stock)

Pinot Noir in the Cote de Beaune performed especially well in 2009 – every bit as well as in the Cote de Nuits. And, Didier and Denis Larue certainly hit the jackpot in 2009 with fruit from this fine vineyard in the heart of St. Aubin.  The vines were planted between 1966 and 1995, and the wine was fermented in steel before aging 12 months in small barrel (50% new).

Aromas of crisp, ripe, cherry and raspberry fruit over notes of violets, baking spice, coffee and damp earth. Flavors of juicy red berries and Bing cherry sing out on top with more coffee and a dash of vanilla underneath.  The crisp, ripe, tannins come up on the pretty finish as violet, cherry blossom, and damp earth notes linger. Fantastic value for 1er Cru red Burgundy.

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Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005 Product #28212 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005 Dom Larue Saint-aubin Vieilles Vignes 2005

Didier’s old-vine village cuvee surprised even a fan like me – it’s very classy and wildly complex, changing constantly as your sit with the glass.  Generous aromas feature brown butter, burre blanc, crushed mint, and a savory note that reminds one of lobster stock.  The flavors follow the nose and while there’s plenty of ripe orchard and stone fruit here, the overall impact is more savory than sweet.  The fruit picks up a red tinge – cherry? – with air to go with dashes of fresh almond, marzipan, dried honey, and a saline note that reminds you of the sea.  Lovely, mouthwatering, and brilliant with lobster or shellfish of any kind!

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011 Product #27727 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2011

As Burghound said, “My nomination for the best value commune in 2011 would unquestionably be St. Aubin… St. Aubin is a bargain.”  And that’s certainly true here. Standing at the foot of Le Montrachet, you can just see the St. Aubin 1er Cru vineyard En Remilly peaking up over the hill.  The Larue’s planted their one acre plot at 300 meters elevation in 1989, and these 21 year-old, tightly packed, vines always give fruit of fine concentration.  As always, the 2011 was vinified in small French oak barrels (20% new) and allowed to rest on the fine lees for 10 months.

The wine opens with fresh, floral, aromas of Granny Smith apple, Meyer lemon, and a touch of smoked stone.  In the mouth the flavors expand to show more apple, peach, lime zest, hazelnut, and butter with a salty, saline, note that suggests preserved lemon.  With air, the fruit gets riper and more yellow and salty caramel notes emerge.  Bright and zesty now with mouthwatering acids and a lingering sense of mint, this will get better for a while and be delicious through 2017 or so.

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006 Product #21438 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Les Combes 2006

My choice of this set for drinking right this very minute, although another 5 years in the cellar won’t do any harm.  Everything I love in the rich, luxurious, 2006s with oodles of smoky pear, soft apple, spice and mint aromas and flavors and just the right touch of chalk on the end.  A bit of caramel and fresh butter come out with air in this mouth-coating, but very fresh, white Burgundy.

 

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Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009 Product #24551 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009 Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009

The “teeth of the dog” vineyard lies in the southern part of St. Aubin, on the border with Puligny-Montrachet and not far from Montrachet.  The five separate vineyard parcels (about 4 acres total) were planted at different times, with the oldest vines dating from 1947 and 1964.  Vinified in oak (20% new) with 10 months on the lees.

I under-estimated this wine a few years ago – it’s very impressive now and will only get better.  Aromas of rich orchard fruit, iodine, and fresh chervil lead to rich golden fruit, butter, caramel, and salty mineral flavors.  Generous but still very precise, this finishes long and lovely with lingering pineapple, hazelnut, and spice flavors lingering on and on.  A definite “buy” for now and the next 10+ years.

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Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005 Product #28145 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005 Dom Larue Saint-aubin 1er Cru En Remilly 2005

Always a favorite cuvee here, the 2005 is simply outstanding.  Standing at the foot of Le Montrachet, you can just see the St. Aubin 1er Cru vineyard En Remilly peaking up over the hill.  The Larue’s planted their one acre plot at 300 meters elevation in 1989, and these tightly packed, vines always give fruit of fine concentration.

In 2005, the challenge for white wine makers was to get enough acidity and minerality to go with their perfectly ripe fruit, a challenge that was nicely met here.  Aromas and flavors of dried honey, caramel, passion fruit, mint, ripe pear and more weave in and out of this rich but very fresh wine.  Iodine, stony mineral, and mouthwatering acidity leave you looking for something fresh to eat as the caramelized pear and passion fruit flavors keep pumping out on a finish that just won’t quit.

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Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002 Product #16628 (In Stock)
Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002 Dom Larue St Aubin 1er Les Combes 2002

Olvier tells me that Didier wasn’t crazy about his 2002 Les Combes at first, fearing that he’d harvested too late and lost some freshness.  But a decade+ in cellar has done this nothing but good, delivering a rich, savory, white that seems more like 1er Cru Chassagne than Saint Aubin.  Aromas of toasted nut, mint, verbena, caramel and consumme show at first, but turn to more fresh cut apple and tangy pineapple with air.  The texture is very rich and creamy, but the fruit flavors remain nicely fresh over the mature notes of grilled nut, caramel, and beef stock.  Dried caramel and chervil flavors play nicely on the long finish where just the right touch of acidity keeps things pure and clean.

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Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002 Product #28214 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002 Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2002

Yes, I know it’s “just” Blagny.  But, if you taste this blind you’ll be more likely to name it a top premier cru from the best sites in Beaune after at least wondering if it could be a top Morey St. Denis!  Dark red fruit, fresh turned earth, a touch of coffee, and plenty of earthy spice aromas well up from the glass.  In the mouth, it’s luxuriously textured, a mouthful of crushed, red fruited, velvet with accents of spice, dark flowers, and more.  A line of iron minerality runs through the core with still firm, if nicely soften, tannins giving support and fruit and earth and floral perfume flavors pumping out on the very pretty finish.  Great showing here to drink now and for another 5+ years.

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Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2009 Product #24553 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2009 Dom Larue Blagny 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2009

Blagny is the AOC for red wines produced from the 1er cru vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, and this comes from the Puligny vineyard Sous Le Puits, “under the well” at the top of the hill.  Blagny tends towards rusticity and lightness, but neither problem shows up here, especially with a couple of years in cellar to smooth out the rough edges.

We open with bold aromas of crushed black fruits – plums, raspberries, cherries – with hints of spice and crushed mint.  In the mouth it’s silky and dark with oodles of crushed raspberry, black tea, white mushroom, and spicy, woodsy, notes.  The bedrock is close to the surface here, and there’s a bedrock minerality to the wine as well.  Long and lingering on the palate with fantastic tannin – sweet, silky, smooth.  Certainly, this shows 2009’s approachability and easy deliciousness, but there’s fine complexity and excellent cellar potential here as well.

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Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011 Product #27725 (In Stock)
Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011 Dom Larue Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Sous Le Puits 2011

Didier makes several Puligny Montrachet, but this is always one of my very favorites.  This fine 1er Cru vineyard sits at the very top of the hill just under an old well and looking down into Meursault.  The old vines (planted between 1951 and 1982) on deep clay/limestone soils always give a wine that marries Puligny’s precision with Meursault’s rich, buttery, depth.  Once again, just 20% new oak.

Maybe it’s just the name – “Sous Le Puits” means “under the well,” a reference to an abandoned water source at the top of the hill – but I always think “rainwater” when I smell and taste this wine.  It’s very intense right now and wants a little air to show all it has to give.  Aromas of sweet lemon, almond paste, chalk and fresh rainwater lead to a creamy but very focused and intense mouthful of sour apple, white peach, nutmeg and fresh almond with a brothy-like salinity.  For now the action is really on the back-palate and finish where crunchy pear, tangerine and thyme flavors explode and power on through the chalky, zesty, finish.  I like this now with ocean fish or even shellfish but it will get creamier, nuttier and richer over the next 5-8 years.

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