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2019 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Blanc Au Champ Salomon
Domaine Charles Audoin was formed in 1972 by Charles and his oenologist wife Marie-Francoise, starting with three hectares in Marsannay. Their holding has now grown to around 14 hectares that captures some of the best parcels in Marsannay. Their son Cyril joined his father in 2000, and is now in charge of both vineyard and winemaking activities for the Domaine. Cyril is increasingly focused on vineyard health, to deliver wines with pure varietal expression and a sense of place. They are among the most serious wines from the area, and while juicy and approachable young, have the capacity to age gracefully for many years.
Brilliant pale straw colour with highlights of green around the edges and a watery hue. Intense yet beautifully refined aromatics of ripe pear, apricot, nectarine and dried honey flow out of the glass followed by nougat, biscuity oak and spice. Rich, concentrated nectarine, pear, dried honey and subtle apricot fruits flood the mouth with notions of biscuity oak, grapefruit and infusions of gun flint adding further interest on the back half. Fleshy yet fresh in its feel, it picks up weight and texture as its sits in the glass. Finishes with good vibrancy and a long aftertaste that highlights Burgundy’s finesse.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.
This has the combination of richness, firm structure and excellent concentration that we associate with Bâtard-Montrachet, but here the finish is more elegant with tingling mineral freshness that pulls you back for more.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
Unfurling in the glass with scents of sweet orchard fruit, white flowers and almond paste, the 2019 Marsannay Au Champ Salomon Blanc is medium to full-bodied, bright and chalky, with the most tightly wound, mineral and incisive profile of Audoin's white Marsannay cuvées this year. As usual, it's my favorite of the range.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
Whiffs of the exotic, and in particular passion fruit, are present on the citrusy, ripe and fresh white orchard fruit scents. There is fine intensity to the stony and well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that aren't especially complex, but they are refreshing and sneaky long. Drink 2023+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound