Lamy has 2.4-hectares in the 1er Cru Les Frionnes, with vines planted in 1935, 1960 and 1985. It’s a southeast-facing site with old, decomposed limestone/clay soils and a plethora of small rocks in the topsoil. The vines are adjacent to the Derrière chez Edouard, but this is a slightly warmer site and is therefore picked earlier. Frionnes gives both pulpy fruit and vibrant, saline freshness along with a compact, rocky close. As you can see from the notes below, the 2018 is a lovely example.
“The 2018 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes was showing brilliantly, soaring from the glass with notes of pear, lemon oil, wheat toast and iodine. Medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it's layered and complete, with lively acids and a long, precise finish. At 13.8% alcohol, this is one of the riper wines in the cellar, yet that was imperceptible when I tasted it.” 91-93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.
“The 2018 Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes 1er Cru comes from deep limestone soils. It has a lifted nose, not unlike the Clos de Meix but slightly more marine-influenced, with touches of shucked oyster shells. The palate is very harmonious on the entry, offering grapefruit and hints of pineapple and leading to a poised, lightly spiced finish. Very fine.” 91-93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous.