- Dom Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2009 Product #24551 (In Stock)
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.
- Dom Larue Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2010 Product #29397 (In Stock)
Seventy years ago, La Garennne and its neighboring 1er Cru vineyards were covered in scrub and littered with boulders – virtually unplantable. As Burgundy’s economic fortunes recovered in the 1950s and 1960s, residents banded together to clear the land and allow them to be planted to vine. Their reward: wines of such purity and grace that most of the “new” vineyard land quickly earned 1er Cru status!
And, in the brilliant 2010 vintage, this is very 1er Cru indeed. It’s a powerful wine with rich, deep, aromas that explode from the glass before you even give it a swirl. Fresh butter, toasted hazelnut, spicy pear, sweet apricot and the chalky stones that make Puligny the greatest Chardonnay vineyard in the world all weave in an out of the complex aromas. On the palate, you get 1er cru weight and depth right away with layers and layers if rich flavors: orchard fruit, sweet pineapple, cultured butter, warm nuts, white flowers, wet stones and more. As with all the best 2010 Puligny Montrachet, this delivers loads of richness without an ounce of excess weight and keeps on pumping out the buttery fruit and nut flavors across a broad, rich, and very persistent finish. At nearly 5 years of age, it’s drinking beautifully although the density, power and touch of crushed mint left in the glass suggest that 3-8 years more in cellar will do this beauty nothing but good.