2011 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau St-Aubin 1er Cru "Bas de Vermarain à l'Est" (Previously $37)

SKU #1135597 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Mild reduction does not totally mask the floral, citrus and earth nuances. There is plenty of vibrancy to the utterly delicious flavors that possess very good complexity and fine length...  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This little-known vineyard is located high on the hillside, just over from the hamlet of Gamay. It has shallow topsoil, and produces wine of elegance and drive. This is bright and focused, with great minerality and expression. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) This is the last of this delicious vinage, just hitting its stride!

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By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/29/2013  | Send Email
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The touch of sulfur this wine showed on arrival is now completely resolved. It has settled in to be quite an exceptional wine. The wine shows crushed pears and baked Apple Pie with lots of hard ground spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The wine has fleshed out in texture also and has a nice approachable softness to it. Good acid structure means I'm sure this one will age, but it may just be too good now to wait any longer!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/6/2013  | Send Email
Crisp and stylish. Lovely flowery fruit. Plenty of depth, energy and concentration underneath and a very long finish. Love St-Aubin, white Burgundies at affordable prices!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/10/2013  | Send Email
This St. Aubin delivers on the promise of 1er cru with serious concentration and depth. If you are looking for a great bottle for the medium term in the cellar, this outperforms many white Burgundy's at much higher prices. The Sylvain Langoureau Bas De Vermarain A L Est is reserved aromatically now, but has a ton of power on the mid palate without going over the line into fat. The super long finish has just a touch of the butter from the high quality cooperage and promises a lot for the years to come.
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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13