My final three words in my tasting note on this wine were, “delicious, delicious, delicious”!! A sensational Grand Cru, with huge amounts of giving, generous fruit, balancing soft raspberry fruits with sweetness and spice. It just oozes class and breeding. Fabulous!
(from a .28 ha parcel of vines that abut those of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Richebourg proper; 5 barrels were produced in 2013). There are no issues with reduction here as the overtly spicy nose features cool and ultrapure notes of essence of red currant, violets and a touch of plum, all of which is trimmed is subtle hints of sandalwood. The intense, muscular and large-scaled flavors exude a fine bead of minerality and while there is ample power and punch this is a Richebourg of relative refinement. Note that though this is quite firmly structured it is the epitome of what I like to describe as power without weight. Drink 2028+
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