Our appellations

Saint Aubin 1er cru sur le Sentier du Clou

Location:

This terroir lies in the heart of its appellation between the little hamlet of Gamay and the village of Saint-Aubin.

The east-facing plots lie on a slope at an altitude of 280 metres. The soil is clay-limestone.

These 1.1 hectares of Pinot Noir vines were planted between 1966 and 1995 at a density of 10,000/ha.


Cultivation:

Trained as Cordon de Royat, disbudded in spring, the vines are carefully managed. The soil here is subject to erosion. Shallow ploughing is employed to eliminate grass and weeds. During the summer, disease controls are applied sparingly. In July leaf-thinning is carried out by hand, surplus foliage is eliminated and the grapes benefit from increased sunlight. Air circulation is improved, and healthier grapes result. At the same time, depending on fruit burden, green thinning of the grapes ("vendanges en vert") may take place.


Vinification:

After maturity has been carefully checked, the grapes are harvested and taken to the vatting house in small bins. On a vibrating sorting table, insects and withered fruit are eliminated. From there the grapes fall onto a conveyor belt on which the grapes are picked over to remove sub-standard bunches by a team four to six strong. All stalks are removed and the grapes are taken to the vat by conveyor belt.

After 3-5 days of cold maceration, alcoholic fermentation begins.

During active fermentation, cap-punching takes place three times a day.

Once fermentation has slowed down, refining begins. The juice is tasted daily. After 15 to 20 days, the marc is put through the press and the resulting juices are cleared and transferred to barrels by gravity. The whole cuvée goes into 228-litre barrels 50% of which are new. These casks are made by local coopers. We choose fine-grained staves from the forests of the Allier, the Cher, or the Vosges massif..

After 12 months' maturation on fine lees the wines are blended and kept for several months in stainless steel tanks. Finings may then be added before the wines are bottled without filtration.


The wine:

Our Saint-Aubin 1er cru "Sur le Sentier du Clou" has a deep and intense ruby hue, and a bouquet of fresh fruits with the oak present but seductive. In the mouth The texture is silky and the palate is bathed in tender tannins which add substance.

This cuvée yields about 5,500 bottles.

It can be drunk young but a wait of 2 to 7 years will bring added pleasure.

Try it, served at 12°-15°C, with a joint of salt-marsh lamb.

* 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.