Saturday, January 05, 2013

Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur Gamay" 2007, Henri Prudhon


The name of this wine is guaranteed to mislead since it is a white wine made from chardonnay not a red made from the gamay grape which prevails 50 miles further south in the Beaujolais hills. Gamay is in fact a hamlet between Saint-Aubin and Chassagne with an incredible medieval castle keep that is worth a visit. The 2007 vintage, with its cool and rainy summer, was not necessarily one which favoured the higher altitude Saint-Aubin terroir. This Saint-Aubin 1er Cru from Henri Prudhon has a citrus nose, a bouquet dominated by lemon, pink grapefruit and a hint of vanilla. Its present but not giving and all in all a bit muddled and tied up in itself. Tart acidity, rich lemon flavour, great length and texture, sharp, tangy. Clearly a product of the topsy-turvy 2007 vintage this Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "Sur Gamay" scores 20/30 for a Saint-Aubin 1er Cru. Time to drink: now! Photo shows Saint-Aubin seen from the hamlet of Gamay.

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