- Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
- Pinot Noir
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Goedhuis, December 2016
Bright purple colour, vibrant sweet summer fruits intoxicate the senses. This has the characteristic ripeness of the vintage with a subtle line of freshness sitting underneath. It will be charming from its youth.
Neal Martin, December 2016,
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes, this year one new barrel of four, has a charming bouquet with redcurrant, boysenberry, fig and minerals. There is a lot going on here, one of the domaine's more mercurial aromatic profiles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine definition, sappy red berry fruit with fine depth and purity. The fruit becomes a little darker towards the finish, with hints of mulberry and pain d'épices. Excellent (again). Drink Date 2019 - 2035
Burghound, January 2017,
This too is attractively fresh, bright and airy with its pretty nose that combines notes of lavender, violet, red cherry and subtle spice hints. The detailed and vibrant middle weight flavors possess a wonderfully silky mouth feel that also culminates in a tight and linear finish where a cherry pit character emerges. This is really quite lovely; indeed it's textbook Charmes. Outstanding. Drink 2023+
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.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.