Saint-Aubin 1er Cru `Sur Gamay`

Côte de Beaune

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

St Aubin is spread over two different hill ranges: one is the Montagne de Savoie, which marks the end of the Côte d'Or, the other is the Montagne du Ban which runs perpendicular to it. Sur Gamay sits on the slopes of the latter. Only 65 hectares of the vineyards located here are rated as Premier Cru. Viticulture is careful and intense, with old vines and low yields giving lovely concentration to the wine.

Vintage Information

Never has the phrase 'all's well that ends well' rung so true as in the case of the 2014 Burgundy vintage. Devastating hailstorms in June were followed by a cold and rainy August, where temperatures struggled to reach 20°C. These conditions meant that the threat of rot, under-ripe grapes and another low-yielding vintage hung over the growers. Just as all hope was fading, September was bathed in sunshine and rescued the 2014 vintage from the brink of disaster.

Vinification

The grapes were whole bunch pressed. The temperature of the must was then cooled to 12°C and was transferred directly into barrels without settling of the must in order to keep most of the lees. A very long fermentation of nearly 10 months using indigenous yeasts followed. In the cellar the wine was aged for 15 months without being racked. The lees were not stirred to allow all of the minerality to shine through. A proportion of 15% new French oak barrels was used. The wine was gently filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright lemon yellow in colour with pale gold highlights. Fresh aromas of peach, lemon and white blossom are supported by a stony character and a touch of mint. The palate is elegant and supple, with lingering ripe citrus flavours on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7.89g/l
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.02