- Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
- Pinot Noir
- 2020 - 2035
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2014
This is a wine of extraordinary class whilst always remaining understated. With dense black fruit aromas, this has a beautifully concentrated sweet palate and despite its amazing intensity, it has a striking level of elegance and finesse. Seriously delicious, it will take lots of willpower to avoid drinking before it reaches optimum maturity!
Neal Martin, December 2014,
The 2013 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, which is raised in 50% new oak, has an introspective bouquet at first, but allowing the wine a couple of minutes to open, it reveals intense red cherries, kirsch, strawberry and mineral scents that convey the femininity of the vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of minerally red fruit, superb acidity and a showstopping peacock’s tail of flavors on the finish: strawberry, raspberry, white pepper, mineral and truffle. Wow. I cannot wait to see how this turns out in bottle. Drink: 2018 - 2040
Burghound, January 2015,
(from a .48 ha parcel of vines; 9 barrels were produced in 2013). The nose was completely reduced though in this case the underlying fruit did seem ripe. The sleek and ultra-refined mouth feel adds substantially to the sense of elegance and class as the tannins are super fine if sufficiently dense to suggest that this will also need at least 12 to 15 years of cellaring to be at its best. I very much like the balance and in particular the explosive finish. In short this istextbook RSV. Drink 2025+
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.
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.