Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Louis Latour Saint Aubin, 1996

The vineyards of Saint Aubin, located in a side valley just to the west of Chassagne-Montrachet, offer, in my estimation, some of the best values in white Burgundy. They have the liveliness and minerality that I like in Puligny-Montrachet...but at about half the price. I paid less than $15 for this wine when it was released, but most comparable Saint Aubins today sell for $20 to $30--still a bargain compared to any New World Chardonnays in the same price range.

At 15 years of age, the wine is still a medium deep gold with good brilliance. The bouquet has developed beautifully and in line with what I expect from Saint Aubin: green apples, pears, citrus, minerals--sweet and lovely. Medium bodied with a good acid lift. Lots of life; dances on the tongue. Classy white Burgundy not showing any signs of advancing age.

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