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Hubert Lamy 2019 'Les Chataigners' Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France

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Hubert Lamy 2019 'Les Chataigners' Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France

The Lamy family has been working in the vineyards since 1640.  Domaine Hubert Lamy was created by Hubert Lamy in 1973.  Before creating his own domaine Hubert worked with his father, Jean Lamy.  At that time the domaine was around 8 hectares in size,   planted mainly in 'regionale appellations'. Most of the development of the Domaine was during the 1990's when new vines were bought or rented (Clos de la Chatenière,  Derrière Chez Edouard, Murgers des dents de Chien, Clos du Meix, Santenay Clos des Hâtes) or planted (En Remilly).  Some parcels which were planted with Pinot Noir vines were changed to Chardonnay vines because it was considered this was a better choice for the soil type (La Princée). 

Olivier Lamy, having first studied winemaking and commerce, joined the Domaine in 1995.  Prior to joining his father he did training courses in several other Domaines and tasted wines from all over the world.  With this experience he was able to bring new ideas and new methods of working in the vines and in the cellar.

Saint-Aubin is a great white Burgundy appellation to watch. Aside from the fact that Olivier Lamy makes a lot of wine from there, what was once a liability for this village is now its asset. In an ever-changing world the cooler climate of Saint Aubin, with its large combe and valley which bring in cool air from the western forested hills keeps this place more fresh compared to the great appellations that house most of the famous Grand Crus, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet.

  • Winemaker: Oliver Lamy
  • Farming: Lutte raisonnée, Uncertified Naturalist, Organic (The vineyards are farmed more or less organically but he will spray if he needs to fight mildew or oidium)
  • Varieties: Chardonnay
  • Terroir: Les Chataigners is a small vineyard (only 1.1 hectares), in which Domaine Hubert Lamy farms 4 small plots. The site is the highest and coolest of Lamy's vineyards, resulting in the wines often having incredibly bright acidity. While the vineyard is only designated at the "Bourgogne" level (that is, not a premier or grand cru), it is renowned for producing Chardonnays of great quality. Vines planted between 1990-2008, making it a relatively young vineyard. 
  • Vinification: There are no recipes at Chez Lamy - he harvests when the grapes are ripe, which might be before or after his neighbors. He uses between 10-30% new oak at most but he may use none. Gentle pressing, light decanting, long alcoholic fermentation.
  • Aging: Aged for 12 months in 600 lt oak barrels (2/3 1 year and 1/3 2 year), Olivier uses no new oak in order to preserve the intense minerality, followed by 6-12 months in tank.
  • Tasting Note: Weighty and bright, this Bourgogne Blanc drinks like premier cru Burgundy! Orange zest, wet chalk and zippy acidity extend through a long, aromatic finish. 
  • Critic Scores: 94 pts Vinous

 

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