David Duband Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Louis-Auguste 2019
Fine Burgundy from star grower
“The wines are pure and splendidly rich. A new star.” — Clive Coates M.W.
Regarded as one of the rising stars of Burgundy, David Duband took over his family domaine (Hautes Cotes de Nuits located just west of Nuits-St-George at altitudes up to 400 metres) at very young age and now has more than 20 vintages of experience behind him. Starting with very small family holdings David with his business partner Francois Feuillet, have added to his portfolio of wines through the purchase of some exceptional old Grand cru vineyards throughout Gevrey Chambertin and Morey St Denis.
David has adapted his work in both the vineyards and cellars and in the last few years and is producing wines with not only remarkable finesse and detail but also exhilarating intensity and freshness. Working organically in the vineyards and with low levels of S02 in the cellar he also uses a relatively high percentage of whole bunch ferment and a low percentage of new oak for ageing and this is adapted to each wine as it needs. This results in wines of striking purity with fabulous depth and intensity without sacrificing the details of the origins of each parcel of grapes. These are wines showing terroir and the soil signature of the fruit for each parcel above all else. These are wines that are built to age classically and gracefully.
About the 2019 vintage in Burgundy … “Another great vintage ending in ‘9’ that was hot and very dry yet produced fresh, elegant and concentrated wines. Moreover, it produced some genuinely superb wines.’ Burghound, January 2021. “In short, 2019 is a superb vintage, and these are wines that all Burgundy lovers are going to want to secure for their cellars.” William Kelley, The Wine Advoctate, January 2021.
About this wine: ”David Duband, who exploits, among other vines, the former Jacky Truchot parcels, as well as consults for the Louis Max wines, succinctly told me that 2019 is a “vintage that could reasonably be compared to a richer 2017 or perhaps even 2009 with just a bit more zip. We picked from the 12th of September and brought in ripe fruit that possessed reasonable potential alcohols that came in between 12.5 and 13.3%, which is about where 2018 came in. Yields were good though not nearly as high as what we realized in 2018, which is to say around 38 hl/ha versus 38 and 48 hl/ha. I used between 60 and 90% whole clusters for the vinifications that finished with no difficulties. As weird as it might sound to say, I find the 2019s to be fun wines in that they have energy, are already delicious and should drink well early yet age well too.” Burghound, January 2021
Super smart offering from this excellent grower… recommend decanting this now or lay down in the cellar.
’This wine – named in honour of David’s son, Louis-Auguste – really sings in 2019. The high altitude 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, with red berries evolving into earthier, wilder notes of liquorice and hints of white pepper. The wine is balanced and gourmand, with a minerality and freshness appearing on the mid-palate, and iodine notes that lift the finish. A cuvée that never disappoints, it’s clearly outperforming in 2019 – Louis Auguste can rest easy knowing such a superb wine bears his name.’ Top Value Buys, November 2020
”There is a touch of herbal tea character on the pretty and fresh red berry fruit and gentle earth nuanced nose. The round, delicious and solidly voluminous flavors possess a caressing mid-palate texture along with a hint of minerality on the youthfully austere and mildly tangy finale.” Burghound, January 2021
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