Bright ruby red, this is a fresh clean and vibrant Pinot from vineyards surrounding Vougeot. Deliciously forward, with a fresh lively finish.
Hudelot always seems to outperform with their Bourgogne and 2013 is no exception. The cool, pure and very pretty nose is composed of assorted red berries, violets and soft earth wisps. There is fine detail to the vibrant, delicious and silky-textured flavors that possess lovely balance on the dusty, refreshing and inviting finish. This is a very fine example of the genre and offers great value. Drink 2016+
The 2013 Bourgogne Rouge had already been bottled when I visited the domaine in late November. The nose is slightly reduced: light but floral with brambly red and black fruit intermingled. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, simple clean red cherries and an innocuous finish. Drink: 2015 - 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.
This blanket regional appellation can apply to wines throughout Burgundy (60% of the area's production) as long as they comply with regulations relating to grape type, yield and alcohol content. Reds and roses are from Pinot Noir or Gamay. Whites are Chardonnay. They are usually the most straightforward of the Burgundy wines, and as a result are the least expensive and the most approachable upon release. In the hands of a more serious producer these can represent exceptional value and quality. The wines are made with the same care and attention to detail as their grander wines. However, they may not qualify for a village or communal appellation because the vines are too young or the vineyard area is outside the appellation boundary.