Saturday, March 06, 2010

St-Aubin 1er cru Le Charmois 2005

On Sunday I discovered a St-Aubin 1er cru Le Charmois 2005 lurking on my wine rack, which we thought might go well with the pork rillettes/terrine thing we were having for dinner.

It was made by Michel Picard and came from the Wine Society, part of their "Exhibition" range. We decanted it just before we drank it and you can see what a beautiful golden colour it was. The nose had a lot of honey, and the palate was rich and nutty, like a village Meursault, a style I like very much. This was interesting because the previous St-Aubin we had, the Derriere Chez Edouard, was more Puligny in style. I don't know if the difference is due to village, producer or vineyard - clearly further research is necessary!

We felt this was drinking at its peak now and wouldn't improve with age. We toyed with giving it a 9 but in the end settled for a high 8. I'm not sure how much it cost, but the 2006 is £19 so I expect this was similar. I'm getting the impression that St-Aubin is offering wines at around the £20 mark which would cost more like £30 if they came from Meursault or Puligny. Filing all this away for future reference...

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