Insider’s White Burgundy. Beside Chablis, the best secret in a white Burgundy lover’s cellar is his stash of St. Aubin. The village is easy to miss, wedged in a valley between Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. And though it rightly plays second fiddle to these two giants, it’s still a source for what wine writer Rajat Parr calls “some of the best-value Chardonnays in the world.”
We too have found remarkable bargains in St. Aubin, and perhaps none more impressive than the 1er cru St. Aubin from Gérard Thomas. This wine comes from from the Murgers des Dents de Chien vineyard, a plot of vines high on a ridge from which one can see north and south along the golden slope.
Consistent. The first white Burgundies from the highly anticipated and much acclaimed 2014 vintage have just arrived in our warehouse; and the first bottles have matched the hype. We never worry about this wine — it’s consistently delicious, despite a few difficult meteorological years in Burgundy — but the 2014 is particularly nice.
The nose shows lemons and toast, with almonds and wild honey in the mouth. It’s perhaps a bit prettier than the past few years, with an added note of elegance and grace. Our gathered family quickly dispatched a bottle yesterday afternoon over local triple cream cheese and scottish smoked salmon. If we had another bottle we would open it over ham this afternoon.
Whatever the occasion, when white Burgundy is called for, this is a delicious and affordable example that punches well above its weight.
THOMAS St-Aubin 1er cru 2014
Ansonia Retail: $40
case, half-case: $34/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
or call Tom: (617) 249-3657
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