2016 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Nuits-St. Georges "Les Bas de Combes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1342544 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of wood frames a ripe, fresh and attractively spicy blend of black raspberry, cassis and plenty of earth. There is a beguiling natural sweetness to the medium-bodied and generously proportioned flavors that possess a sappy mouthfeel before culminating in a youthfully austere, balanced and beautifully long finish. This is an excellent Nuits villages and worth your attention.  (1/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 Charles van Canneyt was fortunate that his two lovely Nuits botltings hail from vines on the unfrosted, Vosne side of the village, and the 2016 Bas de Combe is going to be excellent. The bouquet is pure and nascently complex, delivering scents of black cherries, dark berries, gamebird, dark soil tones, raw cocoa, just a whisper of fresh herb tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very soil-driven in personality, with a sappy core of black fruit, ripe, chewy tannins and fine length and grip on the beautifully balanced and youthful finish. All this needs is a bit of time in the cellar. 2023-2050.  (1/2018)

Decanter

 From a lieu-dit below the premier cru of Boudots, the Hudelot-Noellat Nuits opens in the glass with notes of game bird, plummy fruit, rich soil and smoked duck. The wine is full-bodied, structured around a firm chassis of typical Nuits tannins, with good sap and depth. Count on forgetting about this in the cellar for a decade. Drinking Window 2022 - 2035.(WK)  (10/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges Au Bas de Combe has a tightly wound bouquet, a little tertiary in style, seeming to shut down a little in the glass instead of opening. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, a noticeable marine influence on the mid-palate and a straightforward finish that just needs to evolve more complexity.(NM)  (12/2017)

Vinous

 (these vines from deeper, clay-rich soil were not frosted but nonetheless yielded a modest crop): Good bright red. Slightly high-toned aromas of medicinal cherry lifted by rocky minerality. Juicy and tightly wound, even a bit hard in the early going, with its cherry, menthol and licorice flavors complicated by mint and herb nuances and even a suggestion of citrus fruits. Shows good savory extract but could use more sweetness. The tannins come across as a bit dry today. (ST)  (1/2018)

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.