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Sylvain Langoureau Saint Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou 2021

Allen Meadow 91


Once again there is enough reduction present to blur the nuances of what appear to be mostly white orchard fruit and citrus. There is excellent mid-palate density to the caressing and decidedly punchy middleweight flavors that possess a highly beguiling texture that carries over to the sneaky long, balanced and notably dry finale. This too could use better depth but several years of keeping should help in this regard.


ylvain Langoureau has been directing this 9 ha domaine since 1989 which he says is now farmed entirely organically. He briefly describes 2021 as a "disaster of a vintage for the quantities as most whites were off between 70 and 90% though the pinot, because bud break occurs later, was only off around 30%. We picked from the 18th of September and the fruit was clean and reasonably ripe as potential alcohols came in between 12 and 12.5%, which is just fine for the style of wine I want to make. Stylistically, 2021 is a vintage that used to be common but has become rarer since climate change. I would compare it to either 2014 or 2017 as the wines are super-fresh and super-refreshing. I love the vintage and especially for its transparency to the underlying terroir." Langoureau has again fashioned some really lovely wines and given the reasonable price points for which they tend to sell, these are wines to absolutely check out if by chance you are not familiar with them. 

Sylvain Langoureau Saint Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou 2021


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