A big boy, Alain's Richebourg is tight, brooding and dense. Its full-bodied palate offers lots ofconcentration, but at this young stage, it is more muscle than flair. Several years in the cellar will surely coax this mouthfilling Grand Cru out of its shell. Drink 2012 - 2025+.
(from vines that abut those of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Richebourg proper). This is alsorelatively tight and backward, requiring more than just a little swirling for the nose to grudgingly offer up an intensely spicy and layered dark berry fruit nose that precedes the tautly muscular, cool and sweet big-boned flavors supported by a powerfully long and driving finish that also stains the palate. There is a subtle minerality that adds lift to the finish and this is a really beautifully balanced effort that will also age for years. I would point out that while the RSV and Riche are qualitative equals their personalities and underlying characters are really quite different so a careful reading of the tasting notes is essential either that or buy both of these beauties if you can find them! (92-95)/2018+
The Hudelots are an ancient Burgundian family whose ancestry can be traced back to Chambolle since before the French Revolution. Needless to say, wine has been in their blood for almost as long. Alain Huedlot began his wine career in 1954 working for his father and other local growers. At the ripe young age of 20, he started renting vineyards from his family in Chambolle Musigny until eventually receiving other small parcels from his father. Following a passionate and whirlwind romance with the granddaughter of Charles Noellat, he married despite protests from her family. This controversial union ensured additional vineyards despite a harrying and lengthy legal battle. Today the domaine owns a total of 10 well-situated hectares, which are split over 5 communes. Alain Hudelot’s grandson Charles Van Canneyt is a man on a mission. Having arrived at the domaine from Champagne only six years ago, he is already considered one of the brightest young talents in the region. These wines are wonderful examples of traditionally styled Burgundy - superbly pure and focused with an undeniable sense of terroir.
Richebourg is one of the six Grand Cru vineyards in Vosne Romanée consisting of 8ha which is shared between 10 producers including Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noellat and Domaine Meo-Camuzet. Richebourg is based mainly on limestone deposits with some clay making the wines robust and voluptuous with a long life expectancy