Sylvain Langoureau has been at the helm of his domaine since 1989. That’s 30 years of tending 9 hectares in and around Saint Aubin, which he now farms organically. The Premier Cru Le Champlot vineyard is situated with full western exposure mid-slope just above the village of Gamay.
The 2015 growing season was relatively easy. It was very warm and dry and Langoureau began picking on September 7, bringing in the super-clean, ripe fruit. Sylvain said, “As to the wines, they’re very rich with fine complexity and just enough supporting acidity to maintain the proper balance.” Langoureau went on to say that he feels the wines should drink well young and age over the short to medium term, and as such, be ideal for those who like their whites on the younger side.
The 2015 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Champlot shows ripe aromas of white, pear-like fruit, with spice. The palate is clean and round, with medium intensity leading to a mineral-driven finish. Drink Now-2028.
Speaking of wines that are ready to be consumed soon, here’s a 10 year old Premier Cru red wine! 2009 was particularly kind to wine growers in Burgundy, producing healthy amounts of ripe and well-balanced fruit. Jean-Pierre Cornut took over the château from his father in 1995.
A former aeronautical engineer, Cornut is known to be meticulous both in the vineyard and winery. The 18th century château is a noticeable landmark in Chassagne, with its tiled roof and hilltop perch. Maltroye’s holding encompass 15 hectares, mostly in Chassagne-Montrachet. The 6.5 acre Premier Cru Clos du Château de la Maltroye vineyard, once a vegetable garden, sits directly behind the house. It is a monople vineyard, meaning that it is owned entirely by Cornut.
There is plenty of dark berry fruit in the aromas, along with notes of spice and herbs. The palate is layered and well balanced with expressive fruit and framed by medium weight tannins and structure. The finish is complex and long, with all components firing in harmony. It’s got structure; drink now-2035.