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2019 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Blanc La Charme Aux Pretres
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 very pale straw colour with a faint greenish tinge around the outskirts and a watery hue. Lifted white peach, nectarine, citrus and dried honey scents are trailed by hints of biscuity nougat and flinty minerals. Concentrated ripe pear, white peach and nectarine fruits are underpinned by zesty, mineral infused acidity. Since our initial tasting, nearly two years ago, the palate has filled out and put on a bit more weight yet still remains lively and energetic. Subtle biscuit, crème brulee and infusions of gun flint linger through the back half. Understated in its power with a faint cream tinged yet highly invigorating feel, it finishes long and elegant.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Original tasting January 2022: Brilliant very pale straw colour with a subtle glimmer of green around the edges and a watery hue. Captivating scents of white peach, pear, lime and dried honey drift through the olfactory senses with biscuity oak, citrusy nougat and spice notes ensuing. Brimming with freshness, delightful white peach, nectarine and lime fruits are glowing with energy. Subtle honeyed citrus, light biscuity oak and flinty mineral characters are also present. Vibrant, mineral infused acidity lends plenty of zip and focus to the finish.
Cellar 4-5 years.
Here is a remarkably minerally white Burgundy with subtle citrus-blossom notes. Very focused and elegant with a finish that’s long and straight as a laser beam. Tastes like top 1er Cru wine!
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com