David Duband may not yet be a household name in the UK, but he has a strong following amongst afficionados in France, with his wines sold in 16 of the 25 three-Michelin-starred restaurants in France, a fantastic endorsement of the wines and what David has achieved at the domaine.
He has some of the most enviable sites in the Côte d’Or, but the estate’s reputation was built on its Hautes-Côtes de Nuits – the higher-altitude slopes to the west of Vosne-Romanée, close to the domaine in the village of Chevannes.
The wines are hand-picked and crushed only by foot with 50% whole-bunch added to the blend, creating an aromatic complexity and textural finesse that you don’t typically find at this quality level.
The towering bank of vines that rises impressively above the winery includes some of the domaine’s oldest vines (over 55 years in age). This higher, cooler site has taken full advantage of the sunny conditions in 2019. There is fabulous concentration here as well as plenty of freshness. The wine is absolutely singing and clearly offers some of the best-value Pinot Noir found in Burgundy today.
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“A saturated, dark ruby colour, this wine – named in honour of David’s son, Louis Auguste – really sings in 2019. This higher-altitude terroir combined with some of the domaine’s oldest vines (over 55 years in age) tends to produce a wine of concentration, especially in warm vintages; but this year it’s particularly expressive. It’s exuberant on the nose, with delicate cherry blossom, ripe raspberries and crushed wild strawberries. On the palate, the intensity of flavour is striking, starting with those red berries and evolving into more earthy, wilder notes of liquorice and hints of white pepper. The tannins are wrapped in a gourmand mouth-feel. It’s balanced with a minerality and freshness appearing on the mid-palate, and iodine notes that lift the finish. This should be approachable young and benefit from a few years’ cellaring if you can resist it. A cuvée that never disappoints, it’s clearly outperforming in 2019 – Louis Auguste can rest easy knowing such a superb wine bears his name.”