The terroir is located close to the 1er cru plot ”En Remilly” in the heart of the great terroirs of Saint-Aubin. It faces south-east at an altitude of 300 in a mid slope position. The soil is a fine reddish clay-limestone containing a high proportion of small stones. These Chardonnay vines were planted in 1992 at a density of 10,000 plants per hectare. Surface area 0.48 ha.
Plain Guyot pruning, disbudded in spring. The vines are carefully managed. Soil working is kept light. During the summer, disease controls are applied sparingly. Green thinning of the grapes (”vendanges en vert”) is carried out as and when required by control of yields.
After maturity has been carefully checked, the grapes are harvested and taken to the vatting house in small bins. There they are lightly crushed, put through a pneumatic press, and the juices allowed to settle. The must is then transferred to oak barrels by gravity and fermentation follows. All barrels are of 228 litres capacity and 20% are new each year. They are made by local coopers. We choose fine-grained staves from the forests of the Allier. After 10 months’ elevage on fine lees, the wine is blended, treated with finings, and bottled after light filtration.
Our Saint-Aubin 1er Cru ”Les Cortons” has a limpid and brilliant appearance. The nose is open and spicy. In the mouth, the attack is fresh, developing notes of citrus and with an elegant finish. The yield is around 3,000 bottles.
It can be drunk young or, even better, after 4 to 7 years.
Enjoy it, served at 11°-13°C, with prawns in cheese sauce.
On the Larue domaine Denis, Didier and Bruno work together in a spirit of mutual trust. Each knows his own job. Denis, the elder of the two brothers, looks after the growing vines. Didier has charge of the maturing wines and their commercialisation. As for Denis’ son Bruno, who joined the team in 2006, soil-working is his special responsibility. His input has enabled us to step our drive for ever-better quality.
All three subscribe to the guiding principle of respect for the terroir. In vineyard or in vatting-house, everything is done with meticulous precision in the best Burgundian tradition. And our wines reflect the family’s principles - authenticity, and fidelity to the great terroirs of Burgundy.