- Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
- Pinot Noir
- 2024 - 2040
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
This was open and approachable, showing brilliantly from cask. Charles warns it tensd to shut down a little after bottling, entering a long slumber, from which it invariably emerges a beauty. It has a perfect mid-palate weight that offers up juicy, rich fruit compote flavours, and the fresh energy of the vintage, propelling the wine along to a delectable long finish.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Richebourg Grand Cru has a very harmonious bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit with hints of crushed violet and freshly shucked oyster shell, later a touch of flint. It is extremely well defined and focused, conveying the sense of aristocracy one seeks from a Richebourg. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannin. There is real density and presence here and it is certainly more expressive than the Romanée-Saint-Vivant at the moment, with palpable tension on the finish. Outstanding. Drink 2024-2050
Burghound, January 2018,
An ultra-spicy, ripe, elegant and admirably pure nose offers up notes of dark berries, sandalwood and tea along with plenty of floral influence. There is equally good breadth to the rich, intense and tension-filled full-bodied and stony flavors that possess excellent power and drive on the seductively textured, muscular and classy finish. In a word, impressive. Don't miss! Drink: 2031+
Stephen Tanzer, January 2018,
Bright ruby-red. More brooding on the nose than the Romanée-Saint-Vivant, conveying a medicinal cast to its aromas of dark berries, licorice pastille and violet. Boasts outstanding density and power but this penetrating wine shows a magically light touch and comes across as distinctly airy today. Not fleshy but delivers superb energy and cut. Quite different in style from the Romanée-Saint-Vivant but then these two grand crus typically go through phases during their élevage, so predicting their final shape and fruit/mineral balance is far more difficult than assessing their quality in the early going.
Decanter, January 2018,
This is a beauty in 2016, revealing a deep-pitched bouquet of wild berries, rich red and black fruit, asphalt, rich soil and spice. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complete and multidimensional; broader and more textural than the Romanée-St-Vivant, with considerable power and authority, its tannins cloaked in ripe fruit. This is a superb Richebourg with a sense of reserve, despite its near-unctuousness, which indicates it will need longer in the cellar than the Romanée-St-Vivant. Drink 2026-2045
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Truly rich and sumptuous. Transparent with masses of well-judged ripe fruit. Very rewarding. A hint of coffee on the end. But overall this is fine wine. Long and rich. Drink 2027-2046
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.
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