2013 Sylvain Langoureau Saint-Aubin
1er Cru En Remilly

Have you ever gone to the dry cleaners and picked up your items only to find them hanging on wire hangers with a paper cover that says, “We ♥ our customers?” Now, everyone’s relationship with their dry cleaner is unique, but it’s difficult to imagine engaging dry cleaning staff in passionate discussions about cleaning methods and products. And we’re guessing that the dry cleaning staff, as much as they appreciate their customers, probably don’t want to regale them with tales of new discoveries and experiences in the dry cleaning world. Retail wine merchants appreciate their customers as well,though taking into consideration the conversations and interactions that we have with our customers, we can honestly say that we do indeed love our customers! We have passionate discussions quite often with many of you who walk through our doors, and we werereminded of this just the other day when a long-time good friend of TWH sauntered in looking for a gift for his significant other.
 
 
Franck, whose tasting spectrum is wide and diverse, was on a mission. He needed white Burgundy. He seemed particularly fixated on Meursault. Well, from one wine enthusiast to another, no one was going to blame him for wanting Meursault. We love Meursault. He then added that he would like to keep the cost below $40. That’s where it gets a little tricky. At the time, we didn’t have any Meursault below $40. I pointed here and there at some that were a little higher than that, and then some Premier Crus which were much higher, until bang, a flash of recollection had me saying, “Well, Franck, it’s not Meursault, but we’ve got a white Burgundy that is all class, and contrary to the usual cliché, it very well might make you forget about Meursault!”Having been a regular customer for years with countless positive experiences, he was all ears when I showed him a bottle of 2013 Sylvain Langoureau’s Saint-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly. I got the map out and showed him the vineyard. A very, very small piece of the En Remillyvineyard is actually in Chassagne-Montrachet and it borders the Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet vineyard. In fact, the entirety of En Remilly is just around the corner from the cluster of white Burgundy’s Grands Crus vineyards. THAT is prime real estate!
 
 
So we knew then we were dealing with some prime terroir, but what about the winemaker? Sylvain Langoureau has been at the helm of the domaine since 1989and now farms organically. We’ve been working with Langoureau’s wines since the 2008 vintage, and we’re not alone in praising them. Burghound’s Allen Meadows added this about Langoureau, “As the scores and commentaries suggest this domaine should be added to those of Lamy, Prudhon, Bachelet and Marc Colinfor high quality domaines based in or near St. Aubin. If you don’t know the wines I strongly suggest you check out an example.” Though the 2013 vintage presented its challenges, and production was much lower than average, the surviving fruit was of such quality that Sylvain called it, “Completely classic with great energy and transparency.” I further commented on the transparency and precision of the wine to Franck adding that sub $40 white Burgundy doesn’t get any better than this. We walked it up to the counter, put it in a bag, wished Franck well, and asked him to report back when he could.
 
Usually we have to wait for weeks, sometimesmonths, before a customer returns to report on their previous visit’s purchases. Not this time. Franck was back the very next day! Gobsmacked! His significant other was over the moon about the wine. He went on to tell us that she told him that she had never tasted such an amazing white Burgundy before, and that’s saying something! He was full of praise for the wine, noting its class and pedigree, its precision, its expression, and chuckled to himself about the price, as if he was in on a little secret. He bought more. He came back a week later and bought more again. So if you want to betransfixed by a sub $40 white Burgundy so high in quality that you may forget about Meursault (temporarily), you may want to reserve a couple before Franck returns to buy more!
 
Imagine,over the course of 38+ years here at TWH, customer experiences such as Franck’s continue to occur with regularity. That just makes all of us brim with pride asthat is our aim.That is our responsibility.Yes, I saidresponsibility because for us, it doesn’t end when a sale is made. It ends when you pop the cork, pour the wine, and enjoy it. Many merchants copy and paste tasting notes and scores to their shelves and websites, and once you pony up your cash, it’s out you go until next time.That’s not the way it works at TWH.We♥ our customers!

 

A Taste of Burgundy – April 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 7:06 PM

TOB-BANNERBasic Facts for those of you who are new to the program: Every two months we select two Burgundies, one red and one white. We include write-ups detailing the background of the grower, the vineyard source, and the wine. Finally we knock a significant percentage off the prices of the wines, making the Sampler price $89.98. If you would like us to add you to the Sampler Club and receive the wines regularly, please notify us in the comments field, and we will charge your card accordingly. If you would like us to ship faster than the standard ground service, please specify this as well.

 
 

 

2013 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly Domaine Sylvain Langoureau

Having directed this 9 hectare domaine since 1989, Sylvain Langoureau now farms 100% organically. In an atypical vintage such as 2013, this could present some challenges, though Langoureau describes his 2013’s as, “completely classic with great energy and transparency.” He went on to say, “I like the style of the vintage quite a bit as it’s tighter and fresher if less generous than 2012.” This, of course, is great news for those of us who enjoy sleeker styled white Burgundy teeming with freshness. Saint-Aubin spreads out among the hillsides above and west of the Côte de Beaune’s cluster of Grands Crus vineyards. The Premier Cru En Remilly vineyard is adjacent to, and extends around the corner from Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet with direct western exposure. In Burgundy, it’s all about location, location, location, and rubbing elbows with such prestigious neighbors, Sylvain’s Saint-Aubin En Remilly is pure class in a modest package. This 2013 shows a degree of ripeness with a solid core of saline-like mineral. Drink now – 2025.

2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les SentiersDomaine Stéphane Magnien

Youthful Stéphane Magnien represents the fourth generation at the helm of this domaine which according toBurghound’s Allen Meadows, “comprises only 4.5 ha, but has some lovely appellations.” This Magnien domaine can trace its roots to 1897, though the cellars and family’s house are from 1789! Stéphane began assisting his father, Jean-Paul in 2002, and took over in 2008. He has old-school tendencies, as he is not a big fan of new oak barrels, using them sparingly to deftly add a touch of texture to his terroir driven wines. His 1er Cru Les Sentiers is his most expensive Premier Cru, as it lies just under the hallowed Bonnes MaresGrand Cru in Chambolle-Musigny. Again, the 2013 vintage had its challenges weather-wise, and production was very low. The good news is that the fruit that made it to harvest was of top-notch quality. This 2013 is rich in aromatic profile with lovely layers of fresh, dark berry fruit and the palate is structured harmoniously. It’s a serious wine whose proximity to Bonnes Mares is apparent. Drink 2020-2030. – Peter Zavialoff

 

 

Reg. $126.98

On Sale $89.98


Happy Independence Day! We hope you’re all having a wonderful long weekend, capped off bya festive 4th. Our staff is taking what is along weekend ourselves, being closed both days this weekend, butwe’ll be back on Monday! In the meantime, what do we do with a long weekend? That’s easy. Several customers asked me on Friday what I was doing. My answer was, rest, relax, get some sun, go on a hike, meet some friends,eat some good food, and drink some good wine. Another customer asked me what I’ve been drinking lately, and without giving it much thought (as I visualized my recycle bin), I said Rosé and Bordeaux. That is true, of course, but then I remembered something.I remembered the 2012 Domaine Sylvain Langoureau Saint-Aubin 1er CruEn Remilly I had last week!

 

 
 
Wow! That’s a tough one to forget. Not quite as bad as the time I had to call the host of one of our Bordeaux tasting group’s most decadent dinners to ask, “We’ve been going over each bottle from last night’s tasting for a half hour, and could only think of seven. What was the eighth?”
“Well, what are the seven you thought of?”
After I told him, he laughed at first, then berated me (in a friendly way), and busted my chops that I forgot about the 1985 Margaux!
So, yeah. Not quite as bad as that, but still, if you love Chardonnay; Old World Chardonnay, the 2012 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly from Langoureau is pretty special stuff.
 
It’s fairly well documented that despite my passion/obsession with the wines of Bordeaux, I have a thing for Chardonnay too. It started with local representations; but it wasn’t long at all before I was sitting in a friend’s apartment in Foster City listening to a salesperson tell me about Mâcon Villages. I bought a case of the French stuff, and put it in my trunk. This was back in my baseball playing days, and the case made it to the next game. As was customary back then, when the games were finished, the team would get together afterwards and pull out the ice chest. I have to admit, I received some sideways looks from a couple of my teammates when they discovered white wine in the ice chest, but I was a persuasive teammate and had a handful of baseball jocks sipping French Chardonnay after the game!
 
Fast forward to the present, and I have to say that every bottling of Langoureau’s Saint-Aubin En Remillythat I’ve tasted has been outstanding. This 2012 is already revealing layers of aromatic pleasure ranging fromstone fruits, blossoms, minerals, and just the perfect hint of vanilla spice. The palate is zesty and expressive, yet subtle and delicate. The deft use of oak is much appreciated as the finish is a slow fade of crisp joy. After a long hot day, a chilled glass of Premier Cru En Remilly was the bomb with, get this: tomato & melon gazpacho, maine lobster, cucumber & avocado salad, lemon olive oil, and crostini. Yeah, that was a good way to finish the day. It’s not exactly a bargain wine, but if one considers what Premier Cru white Burgundy usually goes for, it absolutely IS a bargain. A big one at that.
 
 
Seeing that it is a holiday weekend, that would be special occasion enough to enjoy a bottle of the 2012 Sylvain Langoureau Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly. Better yet, I’m going to share a bottle with some great friends who are kind enough to host these good friends, good food, and good wine events. Happy Independence Weekend! – Peter Zavialoff
 
Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments about Chardonnay, Independence Day, or English football: peter@wineSF.com

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