Lamy St. Aubin: 2013 1er Cru Clos de la Chatenière Vieilles Vignes & 2014 1er Cru Les Frionnes

Posted by Ian McFadden

Hubert Lamy is one of the standard-bearers for St. Aubin.

For many people today, Lamy is one of the most exciting producers of white Burgundy around.

His St. Aubin "Derrière Chez Edouard" and Criots-Batard-Montrachet are aggressively hunted down by serious collectors.

Lamy's wines are grandly sculpted with eye-opening rigor. The wines age beautifully on their density and serious mineral backbones.

Today, I'm happy to offer two examples of Lamy's St. Aubin 1er Crus, 2013 Clos de la Chatenière and 2014 Les Frionnes

La Chatenière, along with En Remilly and Murgers des Dents de Chien, are considered St. Aubin's top sites. It's a steep, very well exposed climat that delivers an enveloping and powerful minerality with a driving tension.

As you can imagine, Chatenière's tensile mineral profile really flourished in 2013. It's incredibly compelling in its direct and punchy length that's complicated by citrus notes, wet rocks and stone fruits. Above all, it's the wine's clarity and purity that stand out.

The 2014 vintage produced simply extraordinary white Burgundies. It's one of the best young white Burgundy vintages that I've tasted. There's an impression of completeness and elegance to the wines that's special.

In Lamy's hands, the 1er Cru Frionnes always boasts a shimmering, incisive, saline inflected cut. The 2014 delivers an unusual intensity and a crystalline presentation of fruit, floral notes and minerality. The 2014 has laser-like focus and finesse.

Lamy's wines tend to get snatched up quickly. It's rare that I have the opportunity to offer older vintages, especially sites like Chatenière and vintages like 2014. I should warn you that there's really not very much wine to go around. Please give us you ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits