This is the négoce label of Hudelot-Noëllat, named after the owner, grandson of Alain Hudelot-Noëllat. He buys wine not grapes. Just 15 barrels of this one. Lightish ruby. Scented and bright. Cherry fruited. Delicately sweet and fresh with a light grip on the finish. Not sure if this is for the long haul but lots of pleasure early on. Drink 2018-2025
Charmes-Chambertin is one of the nine Grand Crus vineyards within the Gevrey Chambertin area. On gentle slopes, sheltered from the elements by woods to the north, gravelly soil forces the vines to work hard. Relatively large for a Grand Cru appellation, it is hard to generalise about the wines. Often intensely perfumed and seductive, Charmes-Chambertin can be approachable earlier than its Grand Crus neighbours.