Côte de Beaune

Domaine SYLVAIN LANGOUREAU

Saint Aubin

We have been working with Langoureau for five years now and their range has proved very popular, combining ripe balanced fruit with quality Cote D’Or Chardonnay which offer exceptional quality and value.

Background

Sylvain has been in charge since 1989, working closely with his wife Nathalie. Together they have quietly built the reputation of the domaine, producing terroir focussed lively whites from some of St Aubin’s best sites. The domaine also owns vineyards in Chassagne and Puligny and produce an excellent Aligoté, the 2015 of which is drinking beautifully now. Now fully organic, the domaine is worked by hand, vines are pruned to give low yields and grass grows between the rows. In the winery fermentations occur with natural yeasts and new oak is used sparingly. Sylvain and Nathalie want to clearly transmit their various climats, free from invasive flavours. Absolutely a domaine to watch as St Aubin continues to prove a happy hunting ground for top quality white burgundy at drinkable prices.

Current Vintages

White WinesVintage
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*
2017
A rarely seen 1er Cru from a vineyard in a side valley, with cooling winds contrasting with a sunny exposition. ‘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.’ Richard Hemming, www.jancisrobinson.com 22nd January 2019
2017
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*
2017
Lying further towards Chassagne to the south of Les Houillères this site has deeper clay over the limestone. Sylvain allows grass to grow between the rows. This additional competition forces the vines to grow deeper roots, ending them through the rich clay to the bed rock, limestone, below. Sylvain thinks this in turn brings freshness and minerality to the wine. Certainly the 2017 shows a nice contrast between rich, almost silky fruit and saline acidity. Good stuff and shows Sylvain’s skills in the vineyard.
2017
The Langoureau philosophy of emphasising terroir means they bottle their two Chassagne lieu-dit separately rather than making one village blend. The Houillères, 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*
2017
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*
2017
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