Domaine Larue, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Sous le Puits' comes from a small east facing parcel, planted between 1954 and 1982. Pronounced aromas of grilled/smoked almond, peach, lime and pear. On the palate, round and rich in texture with sweet almond and honey notes and a firm mineral backbone. The oak is nicely integrated and the finish lengthy.
Domaine Larue, Saint-Aubin.
In a time where the wines of neighbours Puligny and Chassagne are reaching eye-watering price levels, the village of Saint-Aubin with its rocky, limestone laden soils and great exposure seems like the obvious choice for sourcing mineral, racy white Burgundies. Brothers Didier and Denis Larue (recently joined by Denis’s son Bruno) run this 15-ha family Domaine, with vineyards located in the best premier crus Saint-Aubin but also in Puligny and Chassagne. The wines are unapologetically mineral, dry, tensed and precise, like true great white Burgundies. They seem to have serious ageing potential but deliver immense pleasure at an early age too. Not much availability in this estate (like in most visited) but Didier, who was just back from a holiday in Ireland, which he truly enjoyed, was delighted to find an importer there, he gave us a small allocation of the following: (again, expect more wines from this estate in the years to come)