Domaine Hubert Lamy

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Saint-Aubin, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

  • Founded

    1973

  • Farming

    Lutte raisonée

We are huge fans of Olivier’s wines and they really do get better every vintage.

This is the benchmark for Saint-Aubin and he is a hugely respected and talented vigneron. It’s hard to think of someone more passionate, thoughtful and more hard working than Olivier – the resulting wines are among the most exciting in all of Burgundy.

Olivier gained experience at Méo-Camuzet before taking over from his father, Hubert in 1995. He is always thinking about how to make the wines more expressive, more stable, more age-worthy. He has decreased the quantity of oak and the level of sulphur used and is experimenting with longer élevage. The wines used to be more generous and now they are tighter, more austere – fresher but they require more time in bottle. The wines are aged with less new oak now and therefore have less oxygen meaning they need a longer maturation and 2 years in barrel (it is normally just 1 year for white Burgundy). This longer élevage creates finer wine with more stability.

Olivier says the chalky soils of Saint-Aubin remind him of Chablis and they make similar tight and straight wines.

The higher density plantings mean small berries with greater concentration, meaning double the work for half the yield, but the result is worth it.

Olivier Lamy’s meticulous and thoughtful viticulture is a source of inspiration for other vignerons up and down the Côte: whether it’s his high-density plantings, his practice of rolling canopies rather than hedging him, or his almost manic worth ethic, where Lamy is leading, others will surely follow.

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, February 2020

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WineBlendVine ageSoil typeVineyard area
Bourgogne blanc Les ChataignersChardonnay Planted 19901.1ha
Saint-Aubin La PrincéeChardonnayPlanted 1985 & 20003ha
Saint-Aubin 1er cru Les FrionnesChardonnayPlanted 1935, 1960 & 19852.4ha
Saint-Aubin 1er cru Clos de la ChatenièreChardonnayPlanted 19641.25ha
Chassagne-Montrachet le Concis du ChampsChardonnayPlanted 20050.92ha
Chassagne-Monteachet 1er cru Les Chaumées ChardonnayPlanted 19700.23ha
Saint-Aubin 1er cru Derriere chez Edouard Hauté DensitéChardonnayPlanted 2000
Saint-Aubin 1er cru Derriere chez Edouard Hauté Densité Vieilles VignesPinot NoirPlanted 19600.95ha

Viticulture & Vinfication

  • Lutte raisonnée
  • Hand-harvested
  • Low yields
  • Wild yeast fermentation
  • High density plantings – up to 30,000 vines per hectare for the hauté densité cuvées
  • 0-15% new oak, on average 10%
  • No bâtonnage
  • Low sulphur additions, only before bottling
  • Long élevage
  • Use of traditional pièce and larger, 350 – 600 litre barrels