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An exuberantly expressive, fresh and bright nose speaks of a pretty mélange of citrus, floral and various white orchard fruit aromas. There is an excellent sense of underlying tension to the cool, well-detailed and delicious mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess outstanding complexity on the bone dry, crisp and linear finish. This will need an extra year or two of bottle age relative to the bulk of these St. Aubin 1ers and is a beautiful effort.
Damian Colin exclaimed that "people are going to love 2011! It has everything burg geeks want in terms of terroir transparency but also a certain tenderness that will appeal to those new to Burgundy. If I was going to choose a vintage to help those who want to understand Burgundy better, I would choose 2011. As to the growing season, we began picking on the 31st of August and there was very little sorting required because the fruit was relatively clean. There was good ripeness as sugars averaged between 12 and 13% in terms of potential alcohol. The vinifications were easy in both colors and as have done since 2004, there was no lees stirring at all. We bottled the '11 whites between August 2012 and February 2013." As he explained last year, Colin reiterated that they have further reduced the amount of new wood for the whites, which now averages no more than 15 to 20%. In my view 2011 is one of the better vintages for the domaine in several years, in fact at the limit I prefer their 2011s to their rather lean 2010s.
Drink: 2017+. 91 points
Allen Meadows, Burghound (51)