This comes from a tiny 0.38-hectare plot in a historically revered, walled area within the Les Gravières vineyard. It’s sited at the northern end of Santenay, close to the Chassagne border. The Clos sits on a 30° slope and Lamy’s vines quickly tunnel into pure limestone. This has long been a renowned site, with Dr. Jean Lavelle’s famous Burgundy classification already rating the vineyard in 1855 as a Tête de Cuvée—the highest rating. Lamy makes both white and red from this site, with 0.28 hectares of Pinot vines in the same Clos (see below).
Most of the vines here are reasonably young. Lamy has increased the density and replaced substandard vine material with massale selection cuttings from a parcel of older vines planted in 1968. The outstanding quality that he is already delivering offers ample proof of the class of the terroir and also the quality of Lamy’s work in the vines. This wine today is really the hidden gem of the Lamy range. A superb wine at an extremely fair price.
“Aromas of orange oil, crisp yellow citrus fruit, white flowers and wet stones introduce the 2018 Santenay 1er Cru Clos des Gravières, a medium to full-bodied, textural and incisive wine that's deep and multidimensional, underpinned by a lively spine of acidity and concluding with a mineral finish.” 91-93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.
“Fallen clear primrose, brilliant bouquet floral but with real weight behind. Sweeter fruit on the palate, mouth-filling, lovely texture. This wine has been a consistent success since Olivier took on the vineyard.” 90-93 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy.