Domaine Larue Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “Murgers des Dents de Chien” (750ml)
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In 1946, Guy Larue founded his family’s estate in the small hamlet of Gamay, in Saint-Aubin, located just behind the famed Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet slope. Much like its neighbor Chassagne-Montrachet to the south, Saint-Aubin was historically known for red wine, though the Larues have specialized in the great white crus of Saint-Aubin.
Pronounced aromas of stone fruit and citrus rind leads to a beautiful richness on the palate, then a finish with a persistent and mighty stony grip.
The vines ate planted in the southern part of the Saint-Aubin appellation bordering the Puligny-Montrachet and close to the grand cru Montrachet appellation. The south facing, 340 metres above sea level, mid-slope position is ideal for grape ripening. The soil very limy with underlying rock, very near the surface which pushes the ground up into formations called “dents de chien”. These Chardonnay vines were planted first on an isolated piece of ground in 1946, with subsequent plantings in 1964, 1972, 1990, and finally 1997. Primary fermentation in barrel (25% new) and aged sur-lie for 10-12 months with occasional lees stirring before racking and bottling The Saint-Aubin 1er Cru “Murgers des Dents de Chien” is is bright in the glass with green highlights. The palate is round and complex with ripe stone fruit and lots of minerality due to to soil. This wine can be drunk young, but will develop further to be enjoyed 4 to 10 years after the vintage.