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Sylvain Langoureau

Sylvain Langoureau

VigneronSylvain Langoureau
LocationSaint Aubin (Côte d'Or)
Size of Domaine9 ha
TerroirContinental climate. Clay-limestone marls, alluvial sediments on mid-Jurassic (Callovian and Oxfordian) limestone bedrock. 250-320m altitude.
ViticultureSustainable – soils are ploughed, sulphur and copper against oidium and mildew, organic compost added in spring, conventional treatments might be used against pest and insects.
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Dating from 1647 the winery and its buildings are tucked away in the hamlet of Gamay, in the hillside joining Puligny Montrachet and St Aubin. Sylvain, the 5th generation of vignerons in the family, took over in 1989 and decided to break away from the négociant houses. He worked hard with his wife Nathalie to renovate this underrated domaine and its vineyards as well as acquiring some new sought-after parcels of vines.

Traditional in the cellar Sylvain relies on indigenous yeasts, only uses 20 to 30% of new oak each year and does not stir the lees during élevage. He is a very thoughtful winemaker who uses Sylvain Pataille as a consultant to bounce ideas off each other.

Sylvain Langoureau Wines

Sylvain Langoureau

SAINT-AUBIN 1ER CRU 2018
Champlots
100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

Sylvain's holdings totalling 8.5ha are largely in Saint-Aubin. Sylvain is a very thoughtful winemaker and he uses Sylvain Pataille as a consultant to bounce ideas off. His Champlots vines planted in marl soils with a south-west aspect are between 10-20yo. Aged in 20% new to 5yo barrels, this is a delicious wine enjoyable in its youth with good weight of citrus fruit, orange oil, hint of basil, liquorice and bay-leaf on the palate, tethered by a refreshing balancing acidity. Excellent value for money.

Sylvain Langoureau

SAINT-AUBIN 1ER CRU 2018
En Remilly
100% Chardonnay (13% alc.)

This comes from vines planted by a selection massale in 1989 on a steep south-west facing slope that is one of the appellation’s finest terroirs (effectively a continuation of le Montrachet as the hillside swings round to the west) where the soil is very sparse and you find just ground up limestone. Aged in 20% new to 5yo barrels, this is an attractive wine, accessible in its youth.