2015 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1294667 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also wonderfully fresh and bright with cool aromas of essence of red cherry, floral and spice. The vibrant medium weight flavors possess a clean and focused palate impression while delivering fine length on the cherry pit-inflected finish. This mineral-suffused effort is very Chambolle in character and should be approachable young.  (1/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 (from 11 parcels of vines, the youngest 30 years of age; the yield here was much lower than for the Nuits-Saint-Georges owing to a lot of millerandage, noted van Canneyt): Bright, dark red. Lovely lift and ripeness to the aromas of raspberry and smoky minerality. At once creamy and juicy, with intense purple fruit flavors complicated by saline minerality. Finishes with an impression of medicinal reserve. This structured, serious village wine is built to age.  (1/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle Musigny Village, which I tasted from a two-year-old barrel and will be matured in 30% new oak overall, has a ripe blackberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet, a little opaque at the moment yet nicely defined. The palate is chewy on the entry with quite thickset tannin, a muscular village cru with good density, though personally I discerned a little more tension from the Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge. I would like to see more Pinoté develop by the time of bottling. Readers should refer to issue 210 for a brief summary of this Chambolle-Musigny grower now managed by Dominique Leguen (and his dog). “Flowering was quick, within 4 or 5 days,” he told me, trying to beat Bruno Clair as the fastest-speaking Frenchman. “I found that it was the differences in rainfall [per location] that determined the maturity of the berries. I started picking on 10 September. Everything is de-stemmed and I found a low juice to skin ratio, with alcoholic degrees around 13.5 or 13.6. I’ll rack the wines in February and then bottle in March.” Dominique’s 2015s were concentrated and intense, certainly leaning more towards black fruit than red. Occasionally I wondered whether some of these wines would have expressed more red fruit character, more “Pinoté” had they been picked a little earlier. They certainly have very good substance and as such, will require 4-5 years cellaring. The Bonnes-Mares and Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras are both superb, although do not overlook a potentially top  (12/2016)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.