The best kept secret in a Burgundy collector’s cellar is his stash of St-Aubin. From a once forgotten valley wedged between the superstar towns of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, the wines of St-Aubin are some of the most overperforming wines we know. Jancis Robinson calls it now “virtually the equal” of its famous neighbors.
Gerard Thomas’s terrific crop of 2018s has just arrived in our warehouse, and we’re thrilled to have them in stock. Today we’re beginning with our favorite, the 2018 premier cru St-Aubin from “Murgers des Dents de Chien.” From a beautiful plot overlooking the hill of Montrachet, this special plot is only a few hundred yards from White Burgundy Mecca itself.
The St-Aubin 1er cru is exquisite wine — consistently excellent year in and year out. It’s polished and modern, and drinks like a far fancier bottle. St-Aubin is hardly the secret it once was, but it still provides nearly unparalleled white Burgundy value
The 2018 of this cuvée is sleek, sophisticated, and delicious. Winemaker Isabel Humbert has channeled the extra weight from the warm summer into a powerful, mouthfilling, delicious wine, which nonetheless retains its vibrancy. The oak is perfectly integrated into the wine, with notes of yellow fruits, pears, and spice. Jancis Robinson’s reviewer found “generous fruit, creamy texture and really delicious harmony.”
Whie Burgundy isn’t getting any cheaper, but St-Aubin continues to get better. We think this 2018 still way overperforms its pricetag, and look forward to enjoying it for years to come.
Thomas St-Aubin 1er cru “Murgers” 2018
bottle price: $52
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