2016 - Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Region
Clos de Vougeot
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2020 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl

2016 CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU ALAIN HUDELOT-NOËLLAT - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Region
Clos de Vougeot
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2020 - 2035
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2017

    The Hudelot-Noëllat grands crus see around 50% new oak, which strikes a perfect balance with their ripe, defined fruit flavours and complex savoury layers, as is the case in this Clos de Vougeot. Its delicate ruby colour belies a power and intensity on the palate, which drives with freshness towards a full and generous length.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2017,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2016 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, which was cropped around 20 hectoliters per hectare, has a well-defined bouquet, more mineral driven than I anticipated, possessing plenty of detailed dark cherry and strawberry fruit. This feels nimble in the mouth, with fine tannin and a fine bead of acidity. Maybe it does not have the length and persistence of the 2015, but it is still a delicious, very elegant Clos de Vougeot. Drink 2020-2038

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2018,
    Score: 91-94

    A pungent nose of reduction and wood makes an evaluation of it difficult today. There is both good density and punch to the vibrant big-bodied flavors that offer fine power but not at the expense of a certain level of refinement on the youthfully austere finale. A classically styled example. Drink: 2028+

  • ST

    Stephen Tanzer, January 2018,
    Score: 91-93

    Good dark red. Slightly medicinal aromas and flavors of black cherry, menthol, licorice, minerals and spices. Tactile, concentrated and a bit youthfully tough, showing surprising sweetness leavened by strong savory minerality. This rather powerful, saline Clos Vougeot will need bottle aging to harmonize its tannins and acids. Charles van Canneyt noted that he needs to be careful about extraction with this cuvée in order to avoid making a heavy wine; and it routinely has a relatively high pH.

  • DC

    Decanter, January 2018,
    Score: 94

    Charles Van Canneyt frequently produces one of the best renditions of this storied grand cru, and his 2016 is no exception. A complex and exotic bouquet of smoked meat, black tea, spice and black fruit precedes a full-bodied, rich wine with excellent depth and dimension, good sap, and a taut but fine-grained chassis of tannin which I expect to flesh out further by the time it finishes its élevage. Drink 2026-2045

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
    Score: 17+

    Edgy, walnut-skin nose but with good round fruit underneath. Not the most refined red burgundy but offers lots of delivery. Very bright fruit. Drink 2028-2045

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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

Clos de Vougeot

Clos de Vougeot is a Grand Cru appellation situated in the heart of the Cote de Nuits producing only red wines from the Pinot Noir grape. The vines are enclosed within a single walled vineyard built by monks in the 12th and 14th Centuries. With 47.54 hectares under vine Clos de Vougeot is the largest Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote d'Or.