Our appellations

Saint-Aubin 1er cru les Combes

Location:

The terroir lies in the southern part of the Saint-Aubin appellation bordering the Puligny-Montrachet appellation. It faces south at an altitude of 240 metres in the little upland valley ("combe") which opens on to the village of Saint-Aubin. The soil is red alluvium. These Chardonnay vines were planted in 1985 at a density of 10,000 plants per hectare. Surface area 0.46 ha.

A small stream, called "La Planchotte" runs through the plot.


Cultivation:

Plain Guyot pruning, disbudded in spring. The vines are carefully managed. Soil working is kept light. During the summer, disease controls are applied sparingly. Green thinning of the grapes ("vendanges en vert") is carried out as and when required by control of yields.


Vinification:

After maturity has been carefully checked, the grapes are harvested and taken to the vatting house in small bins. There they are lightly crushed, put through a pneumatic press, and the juices allowed to settle. The must is then transferred to oak barrels by gravity and fermentation follows. All barrels are of 228 litres capacity and 20% are new each year. They are made by local coopers. We choose fine-grained staves from the forests of the Allier. After 10 months' elevage on fine lees, the wine is blended, treated with finings, and bottled after light filtration.


The wine:

Our Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "Les Combes" is extremely bright and limpid in appearance. It releases its bouquet very quickly. The mouth is rounded and fat. This is a wine of real delicacy. The yield is around 3,000 bottles.

It can be drunk young or, even better, after 2 to 5 years.

Enjoy it, served at 11°-13°C, with any white meat - capon, for example.

* Alcohol abuse endangers your health. Drink only in moderation.

DOMAINE LARUE : Fine burgundies - 21190 SAINT AUBIN
Téléphone: 03 85 36 62 09 - Fax: 03 85 36 66 45 - E-mail: dom.larue@wanadoo.fr - Internet: http://www.larue-vins.com

Domaine Larue, 32, rue de la Chatenière, Saint-Aubin, en Côte de Beaune (Côte-d’Or), Bourgogne. Vins de Bourgogne, premiers crus, Chardonnay, Pinot noir.