Great Burgundies, Great Values, From Domaine Henri Prudhon!

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The limestone hills of Saint-Aubin have been planted to vines since the third century AD. They are steep, well-drained slopes with a high concentration of clay, some of which are on the south and west slopes of the Mont Rachet, around the corner from the Grand Crus. Since Chambers Street began we have been buying the beautiful Saint-Aubins of Henri Prudhon et Fils, producers of well-priced, old-fashioned wines, which are refreshingly different from over-extracted, over-oaked modern Burgundies.

The reds here tend to be light in color as the Prudhons do not believe in aggressive efforts to extract color and body. "Pinot Noir in the latitudes of Burgundy is naturally pale in color. An extraction too "pushed" - seeking to extract color - will lead to hard and bitter tannins" say the Prudhons. The whites undergo long slow fermentations, with aging sur-lee in a small percentage of new oak, leading to delicate flavors with a pronounced chalky minerality.

The Prudhon's vineyards are planted at very high density (10,000 vines per hectare) and are regularly plowed as the Prudhons seek to maximize the expression of terroir: "...our goal is not to "manufacture" wine but rather to "build" it, "develop" it." Nature carries out most of the work on the wine through the unique action of terroir on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties, vectors for expressing the soils. Nature's action in Burgundy does not require significant interventions from man to achieve great wines. Man is essential, but nature even more so. That is the very notion of Terroir." (from the Prudhon's website) These lovely wines are among the greatest values to be found in Burgundy today - we urge you to try them, both for current drinking and cellaring.

 

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Prudhon 2010 Bourgogne Les Charmeaux

Sumac, herbs, and red, tangy sweet cherry on the nose. Quite light bodied. High-toned and earthy. Bright with fruit pits and almost citric, juicy red fruit acidity  (think cranberries) on the palate. There's a cherry note that is persistent throughout but hard to tell if it's a sweet or a sour one. There's also the faintest hint of wood on the finish but a perfect amount. Absolutely delicious. Great for Jura wine lovers -- same structure as a Ploussard. Great with fish! -msb

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Prudhon 2009 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes

Less well exposed Burgundy appellations did well in the warm vintage of 2009. Prudhon's Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes is bigger than usual but in no way over-ripe. Nice cherry/blackberry fruit with good earthy acidity, this will drink well young but hold nicely for 5 to 8 years.

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Prudhon 2009 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière

Given Prudhon's generally lean stylistic predilection, the ripe 2009 vintage resulted in a stunningly well-balanced wine of great precision and depth. The aromatics are broad but steely and mineral, much more about fruit, lime blossoms and stone than oak. The palate has just the right amount of richness yet an almost Chablisienne-like delicacy. Round but pure, this is seriously drinkable old-school Burgundy and it is the unanimous staff favorite among this current crop of Prudhons. -jfr

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Prudhon 2009 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

En Remilly is perhaps the best known of the Saint-Aubin premier crus, a large vineyard that wraps around the back-side of the Mont Rachet, next to the Grand Crus Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. Less well-exposed, it's still a great parcel and often gives the ripest and most complex of Saint-Aubins, along with it's neighbors, Chateniere and Murgers des Dents de Chien. Bigger and broader than the superb 2009 Chateniere, the 09 En Remilly is a beautful blend of ripeness and mineral acidity. The aromas of exotic fruit, spice, white fruits and wet stone continue on the palate which is broad and a touch honeyed but with great balance and brisk lemony acids. Lovely to drink right now, this should age nicely over the next 8 to 10 years — it's a great value in classy White Burgundy!

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Prudhon 2008 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou Blanc

Prudhon's white wines are the antithesis of spoofy, over-oaked white Burgundies. Interestingly, they also have little in common with the opposite style: crisp, clean, un-oaked, fruit driven white Burgundies. In short, they are very traditional. This bottle offers some minty, fennel-y notes as well as apple and pear fruit on first opening. With time, however, the aromas veer in a green, earthy, salty direction. The palate is broad and full of mouth-watering acid and mineral with a faint, lactic hint that provides a delicious and comforting counterpoint to the wine's earthiness. The flavors here are very "adult." It's a structured wine that will be well rewarded by an hour in the decanter as well as a meal of chicken and mushrooms if you can manage it. -msb

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Prudhon 2008 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou

This very traditional estate in Saint-Aubin makes lovely light-bodied reds that age beautifully in a very old-fashioned subtle and delicate style. The Prudhons don't believe in modern efforts to extract more color and body from the grapes, nor in excessive use of new oak. Sur le Sentier du Clou is an east south-east facing vineyard between Saint-Aubin and Gamay. The Prudhon's small parcel of 40 to 80 year-old vines is planted at high density and has a large percentage of small berries giving highly perfumed, ageworthy wines. The 2008 has tart cherry aromas with violets, spice, smoke and earth. The plalate is relatively light with bright blackberry and cherry fruit framed in brisk acidity. There is density here and terrifc length, without weight. This should age well, peak drinking perhaps 2018 to 2023 — decant to drink now and serve with game birds say the Prudhons, but if you don't have a game bird, a farm chicken, simple steak or delicate cheese will do.

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Prudhon 2008 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvèe les Rouges-Gorges

Subdued nose on opening, with intense cherry fruit coming out with an hour or so of air. On the palate good acidity typical of the '08 vintage, with mineral and earthy flavored complementing the cherry. After another hour a slightly gamy note comes in in the end.  Good now but enough structure to handle another few years of aging. Serious wine and an outstanding value. -CG

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Prudhon 2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes

From a tiny parcel of 40 year-old vines in this excellent premier-cru vineyard. The Prudhon whites are never fat or over-oaked — this lovely Chassagne is a more delicate style of Burgundy showng floral lemon-lime aromas with hints of spice and honeyed white fruits. The palate is chalky and bright with citrus and white fruits backed by stony acids. Good intensity and length in the very mineral finish. Beautiful now, this wine should be best in 5 to 8 years...

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