2016 Domaine Hubert Lamy St. Aubin 1er Cru "Haute Densite Chez Edouard" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1343040 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Like the regular cuvée, there is that interesting lemon-lime character to the overtly floral-scented nose. The dense, muscular and sappy flavors brim with both minerality and dry extract that confers a textured mouth feel to the strikingly persistent and balanced if very firm finish. This is terrific though be prepared to be patient if you wish to see this at its peak.  (6/2018)

94 points Decanter

 The Haut Densité version of the Derrière Chez Edouard premier cru is absolutely outstanding. Like the Puligny Trémblots, it offers up a more reserved bouquet than the 'regular' bottling, similarly marked by a touch of noble reduction and featuring notes of pear, tangerine and dried flowers. On the palate the wine boasts extraordinary amplitude and dimension for a St-Aubin, its flavours delineated with crystalline purity. And like the Trémblots, its energy and intensity are almost electric. Anyone able to find a bottle or two of this stunning wine is fortunate indeed. (WK)  (10/2017)

91-94 points Vinous

 Lot #1: A note of musky reduction to the aromas of white peach and quinine. Saline, energetic wine with terrific thrust and salty length. A superb mineral expression. This lot may yet go into the Lamy's classic cuvée of Derrière Chez Edouard. Lot #2, from a 2001 planting at a extreme density of 30,000 vines per hectare, which Lamy harvested first in 2016: Pale lemon-yellow. Metallic minerality and a note of minty freshness on the nose. Boasts superb sappy energy and intensity to its flavors of lemon zest, lime and stone, with captivating sweetness adding to its appeal. I would not call this an easy style but its vibrant, very long finish leaves the taste buds quivering. A great Saint-Aubin wine in the making. (ST)  (9/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Chez Edouard bottling of Haut Densité is also exceptional in quality, but will probably want an additional year in the cellar to blossom. The aromatic constellation if vibrant and complex, offering up scents of lemon, pear, a touch of grapefruit, complex, limestone minerality, citrus zest, a touch of vanillin oak and orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and racy, with a rock solid core, great transparency, great balance and cut and a very long, vibrant and nascently complex finish.  (4/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Derrière Chez Edouard Haut Densite offers intense stony, granitic scents on the nose—very well defined with touches of sea spray and oyster shells. The palate is very well balanced with intense green apple and mineral notes, very sappy in the mouth with a strong saline influence on the long finish that has just the right amount of bitterness. This contains just about everything you desire from a Saint-Aubin. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

94 pts Jasper Morris, MW: "A little more colour than the Puligny. Not frosted, so 3 barrels instead of the usual 2. Muscular nose not yet giving. And then in the mouth, this absolutely swells, terrific intensity, dancing fruits, some orange blossom, excellent acidity and huge weight. A hugely impressive wine!"(01/2018) 96 pts Tim Atkin, MW: "The high-density plantings are taken to levels that are nearly ridiculous here - 30,000 vines per hectare - until you taste the stunning wine they produce. This is the best wine in Olivier Lamy’s extensive range in 2016, with remarkable intensity and levels of dry extract, chiselled acidity and a taut, mineral finish. 2021-31." (01/2018)

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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

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.