Positioned to the west of Puligny- and Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin is tucked away. While not as famous as it neighbours, the village can – when its marginal, frost-prone microclimate permits – produce stunning Chardonnay, steely and linear whites that can offer brilliant value.

The wines of Saint-Aubin

This village has rapidly become very fashionable. While once too cool to reliably produce Chardonnay, global warming has changed that. Frost is still an issue and can impact the yields severely; but, at their best, the village’s steely, linear whites rival those of Puligny.

Saint-Aubin was originally planted mainly to Pinot Noir, and some red remains, although it is the Chardonnay that has earned it such a reputation.

Not having any Grands Crus, and behind the hallowed slope of Montrachet, this less modish locale can provide excellent value – although it’s a little harder to find than it was a decade or two ago.

The best Premiers Crus are En Remilly, Murgers des Dents de Chien (both of which sit above the hill of Montrachet) and La Chatenière.

Hubert Lamy is arguably the village’s most famous producer, but Marc Colin, Joseph Colin and Jean-Claude Bachelet are all based in Saint-Aubin.

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