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Saint-Aubin's predominantly limestone soils give a light, fine-boned red Burgundy, emphasising the fruit over the structure. Matured in barrel for a year to round out the tannins.
Product Code: BU72081
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The Prudhons have deep wine roots in the tiny community of Saint-Aubin, a well-situated village behind Le Montrachet and becoming increasingly recognised for the quality of its wines. Their 14 hectare estate, named after the current generation’s grandfather, Henri and planted with 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, is one of the best of the commune. It is an extremely reliable source of both reds and whites, and unlike many Saint-Aubin domaines, the Prudhons have no plans to convert more to white - they enjoy making the reds so much. Both The Society’s Exhibition red and white Saint-Aubin come from the Prudhon stable. The white is a pretty chardonnay, part-fermented and matured in lightly toasted barrels which infuse it with just the right amount of oak. Like its white counterpart the red from the village of Gamay, but made from pinot noir, displays the charm and drinkability characteristic of the commune. Of the red premiers crus, Le Sentier du Clou has the most depth and tannin. Of the 8 white premiers crus Murgers des Dents de Chien, Chatenière and Remilly are particularly fine which is not surprising given their proximity to Puligny-Montrachet. In Puligny itself is Les Enseignères which is one of the best vineyards for village Puligny sited just below Bâtard-Montrachet. At the very top of the slope, premier cru La Garenne produces taut and mineral wines which relax after a few years in bottle.
The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced. The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced here.The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy.Pinot noir and chardonnay are the two permitted grapes of any significance, though Aligoté is grown occasionally for crisp, mouth-watering whites that are often used to make kir, and some generic Bourgogne or Crémant can be made with pinot blanc, pinot gris and beurrot can be made. The appellations to be found in the Côte de Beaune are as follows: Ladoix, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton , Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Meursault, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges Côte de Beaune-Villages and Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Beaune are also made. The former is solely for red wines and the latter includes some whites as well. Both are mostly from vineyards on the top of the escarpment and some represent good value for early drinking Burgundy.Côte de Beaune wines are generally lighter than those from the Côte de Nuits. Beaunes are soft and round, Volnays fine and silky. Pommards are the exception: due to more clay in the soil, they can be notably tannic and in need of considerable bottle age. The greatest of all white Burgundies, Le Montrachet, is made here between Chassagne and Puligny.
Reds: a year that will give enormous pleasure.2017 produced exuberantly fruity wines with medium structure,so that the aromas are not suppressed by their tannins. It waspotentially high yielding for pinot noir and the best growersmanaged the yield and got ripe yet fresh grapes. The warm yearproduced an early harvest which took place between 2nd and15th September. A variety of red styles were made: the weather was good at vintage so there is a spread of picking dates. Some are fresh and bright, while the later-picked wines are rounder and sweeter. Both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits were successful,making wines that in style and quality surpass 2014, are riper than 2013 yet are lighter than the really concentrated and great 2016s and 2015s.Whites: aromatic, ripe but freshChablis: bright and freshThe weather was coolest in Chablis, leading to bright and freshwines close to the great 2014s in style and character. In the lastfortnight of April frost ravaged the vineyards, reducing yield butnot affecting quality. Some premiers crus like Montée de Tonnerre and Mont de Milieu produced less than half a crop. The grands crus were partially protected by frost prevention measures.Côte d’Or: excellent concentration and good structure.Many vines here are low yielding due to coulure (poor fruit setwhich reduces quantity, but not quality) and some heat stress,which may have conserved acidity. The summer was warm andso the moderate crop ripened quickly and was picked early atthe end of August or early September.Mâconnais: very good wines from the best growersIt was warmest here and yields probably were at their highest,yet the good producers controlled this and picked early topreserve ripeness, making for very attractive wines.
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"superb value, good basic red burgundy"
Dr Sean Parker (17-May-2019)
"This does not have the depth, or the majesty of a £30+ Burgundy. However, at £13.50, with 1/2 hour in the decanter, it is superb. No more to add. "
Mr Peter Minns (11-May-2019)
"Although this no premier cru wonder, it's still a really enjoyable Burgundy at an acceptable price. I enjoy Chilean, Kiwi and Italian pinots, but a glass of this served as an excellent reminder of why Burgundy is special. It's a marriage of bright red fruits - cherries and raspberries - but with a subtle savouriness underneath. Delicious, and a joy to drink."
Mr David Halliwell (02-May-2019)
"I have long been a big fan of this wine, and the latest vintage does not disappoint. It is simply delicious. A very pretty wine indeed, as the Wine Society's description says."
Mr Will Smale (20-Feb-2019)
"What a cracking Pinot Noir this is. Give it 20mins in a decanter and its quite delish. Perfect inviting delicate Pinot noir nose. The palate is light but with a touch of rounded sweet juicy fruit. No tannins to speak of. Its so glugable its ridiculous. Summer is still with is!"
Mr James Brown (16-Sep-2017)
"Thin pale cranberry at around 10C, with a bit of acid fizz. Much like past vintages. Quite unapproachable, and thoroughly deserves its previous mixed reviews, being pretty much for burgundy tragics.
So I love it. A chilled bottle of this with Sausage and mash on a warm summer evening is heaven."
Mr Alan Guy (19-Jun-2017)
"I feel this unfairly maligned wine needs defending, in view of its unpopularity with many reviewers here. My suspicion - and no disrespect to the members who expressed their disappointment here - is that some or perhaps many of these reviewers don't know how to appreciate the qualities of Pinot Noir, or Burgundy more specifically. It's also possible that they were drinking at the wrong temperature - this wine shows its best character very lightly chilled. I can understand that if their benchmark is something more full-bodied, tannic and substantial, then this sort of wine could be seen as "thin" or lacking in some hoped-for quality. The fact is, as an example of its type - i.e. an entry-level Côte de Beaune - this is an excellent wine, at a ridiculously low price. I challenge anyone to get a better Burgundy at this price in the UK. It exudes hypnotic aromas of violets, raspberries, cloves and white pepper, and is a perfectly balanced wine - acidity is quite marked, as you'd expect in a Pinot, but it's gracefully balanced against fruit and fine tannic structure, and has an utterly delicious, slightly sweet, long finish. You couldn't ask for more for this type of wine. Just don't compare it with anything else except villages-level Burgundy, and perhaps New Zealand Pinot Noir. So I must say this in defence of this wine, it absolutely qualifies for inclusion in the Society's Exhibition range - in fact it is one of the range's outstanding examples."
Mr Ricard Giner (10-Jun-2016)
"I like the Exhibition wines as a rule, they offer good value for money. This one is an exception, i have just tried one glass and although clear and a deep cherry colour it leaves an aftertaste akin to musty rubber. Avoid!"
Mr Stephen Hughes (14-May-2016)
"This wine is very thin and verging on tasteless - I thought my failure to enjoy was due to a lack of sophistication until I read the reviews below! I've returned 4 bottles and would recommend others steer clear."
Dr John A Radford (08-May-2016)
"Light and dry. Cranberries, raspberries and strawberries, like a summer fruit jelly, with autumnal forest floor and star anise."
Mr Bruce Marson (29-Apr-2016)
"Thank goodness this was not my first taste of Society wine, or it could well have been the last, luckily I did not open it for a special occasion, just a regular Saturday evening family meal.
We all agreed this was thin and without any merit whatever, and are amazed that it is an 'Exhibition' wine, it is not up to the Society's usual standards and certainly will not feature on my purchase list again.
Not even one star for this wine, sorry."
Mr Graham B Taylor (23-Apr-2016)
"I did not think this was a good example of pinot noir. Admittedly it's cheap for a red burgundy, but in my opinion it's not worth buying this above the others sold by TWS. The chanson pere et fils is similar in style by with more fruit and flavour I reckon."
Mrs Kate Renton (03-Apr-2016)
"I was surprised to see other reviews of this wine confirming my own opinion, as I thought it was so bad that I had a rogue bottle. None of the character I expect from a red burgundy, extremely disappointing and indeed the view of this household was that it was not really drinkable - fortunately I had only one bottle - from a mixed case."
Mr Peter A Carter (30-Mar-2016)
"This was an unfortunate first purchase as a new member. I thought that the wine was almost undrinkable (and we didn't, or rather couldn't) and I totally share the opinions of the other reviewers who found it, to be polite, disappointing."
Mr William I Cullen (21-Mar-2016)
"Even for a Pinot Noir this is an extremely thin offering, with no redeeming features. Not a good advertisement for the Society and I am baffled how this wine made the Society's list, let alone as an Exhibition offering. I had thought my relatively untutored palate was perhaps missing something, but judging by the comments of other members this is apparently not the case!"
Mr John Harding (20-Mar-2016)
"Having enjoyed many previous vintages of the Exhibition St-Aubin, I was intrigued by the numerous negative reviews. Unsurprisingly, I found the 2013 very agreeable: light-bodied, intriguingly spicy and decidedly easy drinking. You simply don't get full-bodied Burgundy of respectable quality for anything like this price. While many members evidently find it thin and disappointing, people's tastes do vary: I think it's very pleasant and also good value. Don't be discouraged by the barrage of negative sentiment. But be warned that if you don't like the Society's Red Burgundy you probably won't like this wine either."
Mr Andrew J D Johnson (19-Jan-2016)
"Very pale thin wine, looked like very ribena, tasted insipid, unattractive. Opened one bottle and couldn't use. Returned rest. Should be withdrawn from sale. I suggest you shouldn't order."
Mrs Helen Clark (09-Jan-2016)
"Bought a bottle to try, and have to confirm the opinions of others here. Probably the lightest, least flavour some red I've opened in many years. Not what I would expect from a Society's exhibition label. I'll ask for a refund on this one."
Mr John Cook (02-Jan-2016)
"Completely agree with the other members reviews here - thin, insipid and a poor excuse for a burgundy. I drank these alongside the Pedroncelli Pinot Noir from Sonoma and the Momo Marlborough Pinot Noir, both of which knocked this wine out of the park. Whilst I appreciate the delicacys and nuances of a burgundy, this was uninspiring and dull."
Mr Thomas Choong (01-Jan-2016)
"A very poor offering. Thin and characterless. I bought a case to share with my three children and I am very disappointed. Mine will be returned I'm afraid."
Mr Sean Crannigan (30-Dec-2015)
"I have to say I agree with Mr. Lenton. As a recommended wine to partner roast turkey, it was distinctly thin and disappointing. The other two people sharing my bottle agreed; not one to buy again."
Mr Brian Hazeldine (26-Dec-2015)
"I am sorry to say that this was awful I ordered 2 bottles and opened the first no one liked it and two weeks later I opened the second again it had a twaggy flavour of some cheap light merlot. 5 people tried it and agreed maybe I got two duff bottles but basically the the majority of both bottles went down the sink. Sorry
Mr Christopher Lenton (13-Dec-2015)
"I was rather disappointed with this; it was quite thin with virtually no finish; perhaps I was expecting too much but I'm afraid not a wine I would recommend."
David A Robertson Esq (11-Oct-2015)
"I have three bottles left of the 2011. I keep hoping it will get better, but it doesn't seem to. The only disappointing wine I've ever had from the Society."
Mr Mike Muse (29-Jul-2015)
"Very pleasant. Light and drinkable. But possibly not one of the best value of The Society's Exhibition wines."
Mr Christopher J Madell (11-Jul-2015)
"Lovely colour in a glass - crystal scarlet - nice to drink a wine that isn't oaked or heavy. Raspberry sharpness and delicately perfumed, looking forward to drinking this with a home made chicken liver & pistachio terrine. Possibly would benefit from another couple of years in the bottle, definite step up from the straightforward Society Burgundy."
Mr Tim Potts (22-Mar-2014)
"Agree with the other comments, a bit thin and uninspiring."
Mr Ben Delaney (12-Mar-2014)
"I tasted this blind along with the WS Leyda Valley Pinot Noir (£7.50) and Rousseau Freres Pinot Noir (£8.50) and we all thought the Chilean was best, followed by Rousseau Freres. The St Aubin is dry and thin; another overpriced, disappointing French wine - buy the Chilean."
Mr Graham Francis (27-Feb-2014)
"Web site says "Light". Or possibly just thin. Have had better from Prudhon, even if this is cheap. Perhaps it will be nicer come the summer."
Mr Stephen Graham (12-Jan-2014)
"I really enjoyed this wine. Very light colouration, plenty of berry tones and easily drinkable. A dangerous summer wine me thinks."
Mr Iain Gosling (26-Sep-2012)
"Briar, spice, raspberry coming through on nose and palate. A gorgeous creaminess is the most attractive feature at this youthful stage. Quite tight, even on the second day, but nonetheless a wine which promises much for such a modest price. Try again in twelve months."
Mr William Davies (07-Mar-2012)
"Classic Burgundy nose, light and fresh fruit. Cherry and plum taste with a nice sour note, very little tannins, nice dry finish.
Mr Chris Cheeseman (24-Jul-2011)
"A beautiful delicate wine. Cherry prominent on the nose. My favourite Exhibition wine."
Mr Peter Brownson (23-Jul-2011)
"I recall being a little disappointed with this, but the memory is obliterated by Prudhon's 2007 St Aubin Premier Cru, which I'm drinking at the moment: a beautiful colour, light, fiery, very moorish, and nothing to complain about (this turns out to be for me the criterion of a good Burgundy). Alas, this particular year seems no longer to be available from the Society. In any case a good stable, worth trying."
Dr Christopher Currie (19-Jul-2011)
"Very thin and disappointing."
Dr Edward Housley (18-Jul-2011)
"I am sorry Mr Mitchell did not like the wine. I believe this is very much a case of mistaken expectations. Many expect Burgundy to be big, rich and velevety but only 5% of Burgundy is like that. It comes from a handful of growers (Denis Mortet, Alain Burguet, Henri Boillot, Clos de Tart) who have very small yields, pick late and sometimes extract a lot during the winemaking. Such wines cost £40-150 a bottle. I think were I to ask Mr Mitchell to name three Burgundies at this price level which he has tasted and thought were better than this wine he would be unable to do it. Below about £20, red Burgundy is a relatively light, fragrant wine with highish, bright acidity in all but the very hot years like 2009, where the cooler, less well sited vineyards, from which such wines come from, ripened their grapes to a much greater level than normal. The domaine which made this wine, Henri Prudhon, is one of just 141 producers which feature in The Great Domaines of Burgundy by Remington Norman & Charles Taylor 2010, an excellent book on Burgundy. Red Burgundy is difficult to understand. I have written a new edition of "How to Buy Burgundy" now on the web in which I try to explain what sort of wine one can expect at this price, why there are so few good Burgundies under £20 etc. I also explain a strategy for Burgundy novices to adopt,which is to start at £25-60 a bottle and work ones way down, because below £20 a bottle Burgundy is a relatively austere wine which is more likely to appeal to the converted Burgundy lover than the beginner. At this level pinot noir from Chile or New Zealand is sweeter, rounder and more generous.
Mr Toby Morrhall (13-Jul-2011)
"A disappointment; I have had better wine in a plastic bottle from a French supermarket, thin and lacking in any class. Not what one should expect from an Exhibition wine."
Mr John Mitchell (28-Dec-2010)
"Thank goodness for customer reviews. I was about to phone having tried this wine for the first time and believing it to have gone off in some way. However, it seems that what I experienced (and having poured a glass for the three of us and then poured all but three sips back in the bottle) was common. Thin, light, acidic and certainly very poor VFM to my mind. Thank goodness it was the wine and not my palate that was a little troubled.
Mercifully too we had a something in reserve (Chilean) which hit the spot."
Dr Kenneth Young (17-Jan-2011)
"I respectfully disagree with the negative reviews of this wine although I understand for many, perhaps, it will not be their thing. I will say however, that the best way to approach this Saint-Aubin is to think of it reflecting Burgundy as a Beaujolais reflects northern Rhone. Thin the Saint-Aubin may be and also high in acidity but with the right expectations this wine will delight in its lightness of colour and its mouth watering redcurrant palate. For me it’s a winner – and yes, 20 minutes in the fridge befits."
Mr Nicholas J Shipman (06-Nov-2010)
"I should just add that 20 minutes in the fridge improved this enormously."
Mr Robert Wade (28-Jul-2010)
"I would agree that this wine isn't entirely satisfactory, but think perhaps the previous reviews were a little harsh. I found this to be balanced and not unduly thin (or light) for a Burgundy in this price range, but certainly lacking in fruit or perfume. Pinot Noir is expensive to produce, and the Cote d'or attracts wine enthusiasts the world over to it's relatively small production (about a quarter that of Bordeaux), so it's not the place to find a bargain.
As an attempt to introduce members to affordable red Burgundy, I think this isn't a total failure, but perhaps the buying team could keep searching."
Mr Robert Wade (27-Jul-2010)
"Thin, acidic and underipe describes this wine perfectly (it was a struggle to finish one glassful). I have never thought Burgundy did the £10ish pound price point well so usually go for a rich, juicy Kiwi pinot instead - this wine only confirms why I do! Having said that, I have still had a lot better Burgundy at £10 and I would expect better from an 'exhibition' wine."
Mr Matthew Spano (19-Jul-2010)
"The colour is thin.The nose is slight and the body insubstantial.It is quite unsuitable to carry the "Society's Exhibition" label."
Mr Richard M Caudle (16-Jul-2010)
"I agree with the previous two members - I found this wine thin tasting, acidic and under-ripe, with little, if any, discernible bouquet. Not what you would like to expect from the Society's Exhibition range."
Dr Malcolm J Corbin (11-Jun-2010)
"I am reassured by the previous commentator that it is not a quirk of my palate for I found this wine an outright disappointment. I am a great lover of french pinot noir wines and ordered this with confidence as it was one of the exhibition range. I found it thin, bland and watery to the tongue, thin in the glass and without any nose. I have tried 3 bottles and will now leave the rest of the case to see if time can improve it, but were I offered this in a restaurant it would not have been acceptable."
Mr Nicholas Parrott (11-Apr-2010)
"Probably the first Society wine, and certainly the first of its Exhibition range, that I found wholly disappointing. Having re-discovered a liking for pinot noir this was one of a dozen or so I ordered from various countries and with differing styles. No match for NZ counterparts nor Chile's excellent value for money offerings. Not a wine I shall be re-ordering."
Philip J Davies Esq (28-Feb-2010)
"Outside my normal price range and taste (we drink little pinot noir), this wine was one of the stars of the Newcastle 'If you like that, try this' tasting. The nose is lovely: fresh, stalky, sinewy. 'Woodiness' continues in the body, which is very long. This wine was pitched against 'Plantagenet Omrah Pinot Noir 2008' ( a pound cheaper), which had a bigger nose and more oak, but (for me) too much acidity. No contest, really."
Mr John L Moles (29-Jan-2010)
"A very nice colour and bouquet. However, both my wife and I found it a little sharp on the palate, both on opening and after an hour's breathing."
Mr Matthew Kirk (17-Nov-2009)
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