Domaine Sylvain Langoureau’s 2017s

2017 could be the best vintage yet for Sylvain and Nathalie, owners of Domaine Langoureau. This family owned, organically farmed domaine have vines in some of St Aubin’s best sites, as well as in nearby Puligny and Chassagne. Wine making is traditional and hands off, new oak is kept low and the wines are bottled after around a year. 
In 2017, the best vintage for white Burgundy since 2014, their wines show great concentration, zippy acidity and clear site definition. At Langoureau they feel it may surpass that great vintage, showing 2014’s clarity and freshness but adding some of 2015’s depth and power. We recently showed the wines to Richard Hemming MW, a writer for Jancis Robinson’s website. You can read his notes below; he shares our excitement about how good these 2017s are.

St Aubin 2017
£21.55 per bottle inc VAT
£120.00 per case of six
The Langoureau village St Aubin comes from vineyards at the top of the slopes where a thin layer of clay sits atop poor limestone. Great concentration for a village wine, this really shows the quality of St Aubin’s terroir. No new oak.

“Easy-drinking, medium body. Apple fruit, a touch of salinity adds some interest on the finish. Smooth texture with a snappy finish.”
16/20 pts Richard Hemming MW*

St Aubin 1er Cru Bas de Vermarain à l’Est 2017
£27.55 per bottle inc VAT
£156.00 per case of six
Rare to find this 1er Cru, one of St Aubin’s smallest. Facing south east but situated in a side valley which channels wind through the vines, this site is sunny yet cool, which accounts for the wines good fruit weight and countering citrus drive. I had never heard of this vineyard until tasting this. After we tasted we bought all we could! 20% new oak.

“Noticeably more oaked than their villages St-Aubin, but the fruit clarity keeps up, delivering the most gorgeously complex and concentrated palate. Utterly delicious, with a marine, stony complexity on the finish. Loads of length and concentration. Brilliant.”
17/20 pts Richard Hemming MW*

St Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly 2017
£27.55 per bottle inc VAT
£156.00 per case of six
Perhaps St Aubin’s finest site, often seen as a continuation of the Grand Crus of Chassagne. Very little clay over the limestone gives the wine a racy attack and saline finish. Super concentration with a rich mid palate, the balance is impeccable.

“Riper fruit than their Bas de Vermarain à l’Est, with plumper body too. The clove spice is just a little intrusive in the mix. Even so, there’s impressive concentration of fruit on the finish, which seems set to stay the course.”
17/20 pts Richard Hemming MW*

Chassagne-Montrachet les Houillères 2017
£35.95 per bottle inc VAT
£204.00 per case of six
The Langoureau philosophy of emphasising terroir means they bottle their two Chassagne lieu-dit seperately rather than making one village blend. The Houillères, my favourite of the two in 2017, comes from vines hard against the Puligny border. Relatively full bodied with lots of peach and apple fruit, it is an excellent village Chassagne.

Mealy, mineral nose and precise, crisp green apple fruit. Crunchy, refreshing, juicy. Great concentration and definition, and the refreshment factor is very punchy.
17/20 pts Richard Hemming MW*

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne 2017
£42.00 per bottle inc VAT
£234.00 per case of six
This vineyard, high on the slopes, has very little soil and was known for giving elegant, fine wines that lacked a certain depth. Recent warmer conditions have seen this change, and la Garenne seems to be coming into its own. This is such classic Puligny with its white peach and hazelnut palate and chalky, taut energy. Just 20% new oak brings a satin edge to the texture without imparting obvious wood flavours. Superb.

“Butter, baked spices, toffee, apple and pineapple. So ripe, then so savoury to finish – really divine. Captures the essence of Burgundy. Mealy, full length with delicious lingering salinity. GV (good value)!”
17.5/20 pts Richard Hemming MW*