Lamy Santenay Clos des Gravieres Blanc 2014

Lamy Santenay Clos des Gravieres Blanc 2014  - Les Marchands Restaurant & Wine Shop
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Domaine Hubert Lamy was founded in 1973 but the family lineage shows ancestors making wines in Burgundy since 1640. Starting with eight hectares, much of the vineyard acquisitions that grew the domaine occurred during the 1990s. After working at Henri Jayer and Méo Camuzet Hubert’s son Olivier joining his side in 1995 and has been the key to important changes leading the domaine’s elevation in status.
In 1997 the domaine stopped selling grapes to negociants, preferring to sell off parcels in less interesting vineyards and regaining access to vines that were previously under contract, refocusing on only the best sites and oldest vines. They also claim to be the first domaine in the Côte de Beaune to invest in a sorting table at that time, introducing stricter quality control programs commonly found in the Côte de Nuits.
Currently the domaine farms 18.5 hectares of vines with 80% being Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. Twice during that growth their vat house had to be expanded, once in 1981 and again in 2003. They now work across three levels with the destemmer, sorting table, and vinification on the top floor, bottling line on the middle floor, and barrels underground on the bottom floor.
Bibendum, an importer in Australia, introduces Lamy quite well stating:
“The wines of Domaine Hubert Lamy offer some of the most exhilarating white wines in Burgundy. Those who know the wines will already know that Olivier Lamy (winemaker here and son of Hubert) is one of the most respected white wine producers across the Côte, producing racy, intensely mineral and floral whites of the highest quality. These are wines that showcase the very best aspects of St Aubin’s rocky, bony, chalky soils.”

“These wines offer incredible quality for the price.”
Allen Meadows,
“Run by Olivier Lamy, son of Hubert, this is, along with that of Marc Colin, the best address in the commune. There are delicious wines here.” 
Clive Coates, The Wines of Burgundy

‘Clos des Gravières’ Blanc comes from a parcel that is less than one acre on the north end of Santenay, close to the border with the appellation of Chassagne Montrachet. This is only the second vintage of Chardonnay produced by Lamy from this parcel and they are excited about the historic personal classifications done by Dr. Jean Lavelle in 1860 where he tagged this as the ‘Tête de Cuvée’, the highest rating for a vineyard within its appellation. The vines were planted in 1968 and 2011 on shallow clay and limestone soils with an East-facing exposure and 30% gradient slope. The details state the cool fermentation can last 90 days and the wine is aged for 17 months in 300L-600L barrels, of which 30% are new.

Technical Information
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • Appellation Santenay
  • Vineyard Clos des Gravieres 1er Cru