Hubert Lamy Santenay Blanc 1er Cru Clos des Gravières 2019

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The Wine:

This comes from a tiny 0.38-hectare plot in a historically revered, walled area within the Gravières vineyard. It’s situated at the northern end of Santenay, close to the Chassagne border. The clos sits on a 30° slope and Lamy’s vines quickly tunnel into pure limestone. This has long been a renowned site, with Dr. Jean Lavelle’s famous Burgundy classification already rating the vineyard in 1855 as a ‘Tête de Cuvée’—the highest rating. Lamy makes both white and red from this site (with 0.28 hectares of Pinot vines in the same clos).

Most of the vines here are reasonably young. Lamy has increased the density and replaced substandard vine material with massale selection cuttings from a parcel of older vines planted in 1968. The outstanding quality he is already delivering offers ample proof of the class of the terroir and also, the quality of Lamy’s work in the vines. This wine today is really the hidden gem of the Lamy range. A superb wine at an extremely fair price.

The Reviews:

“Here too the nose is firmly reduced and unreadable. More interesting are the intense and highly energetic medium weight flavors that offer a bit more depth on the persistent, bracingly dry and more firmly structured finale. This is potentially excellent for what it is if it can add depth with bottle aging.” 89-92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound

“The 2019 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières unwinds in the glass with notions of smoky pear, yellow orchard fruit and clear honey. Medium to full-bodied, rich and muscular, it's lively and incisive, with a rich, concentrated core of fruit. This will be terrific after another winter on the lees.” 91-93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate