2012 - Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Region
Romanée-Saint-Vivant
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
3x75cl

2012 ROMANÉE ST VIVANT GRAND CRU ALAIN HUDELOT-NOËLLAT - 3x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Region
Romanée-Saint-Vivant
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2019 - 2032
Case size
3x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, January 2014

    A wonderful blend of summer fruit aromas and flavours. A very poised and balanced style with grace and refinement.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2013,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2012 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru comes from 0.48-hectares of vine planted back in 1920 It already boasts a show-stopping mineral-rich bouquet that offers astounding definition and focus. Terroir, terroir and terroir. The palate is medium-bodied with superb definition and so much freshness it does not know what to do with itself. Beautifully focused, refined and feminine, this might be the quintessential R.S.V. of the vintage.

  • BURG1

    Burghound, January 2015,
    Score: 94

    A buoyantly spicy nose displays elegant aromas of red currant, raspberry, sandalwood and soft floral nuances. As is almost always the case chez Hudelot this possesses the most refined mouth feel in the range with ultrafine grained tannins adding to this impression. Notwithstanding the refinement exhibited by the mid-palate, the strikingly long and well-balanced finish seems to flirt with a touch of rusticity. Whether this quality will persist is hard to say but it would be fair to observe that 2012 isn’t the most refined vintage that I have ever seen for this wine. Drink 2027+

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2014,
    Score: 93-96

    This is sufficiently reduced that none of the underlying fruit is appreciable. As is almost always the case chez Hudelot this possesses the most refined mouth feel in the range with ultra-fine grained tannins adding to this impression on the silky, strikingly long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is textbook Romanée St. Vivant. Drink 2027+

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, January 2014,
    Score: 18

    Iodine, mineral, smoky nose – really come-hither. Juicy red fruit, smoky spices. Just enough tannic bite to give a snappy but not harsh finish. Excellent. Drink 2016-2036

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Producer

Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat

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.

Region

Romanée-Saint-Vivant

Romanée-St-Vivant, which takes its name from the monastery of St-Vivant founded in c. 900, is a Grand Cru vineyard in Vosne-Romanée on the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. It is the largest of Vosne-Romanée's six Grands Crus and produces red wine only. The vineyard is located on the slope to the north of the town of Vosne-Romanée and is the nearest vineyard to this village. Romanée-Saint-Vivant's soils are deep and rich in clay and lime, which means the wines of Romanée-St-Vivant are usually lighter and less powerful than its neighbours'. Domaine de la Romanée Conti is the largest proprietor, owning over half of the area's 9.5 ha.