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2016 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes"(1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1342542 91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An ultra-fresh nose exhibits a lovely and airy array of essence of red cherry, cranberry and lavender. The cool, pure and equally fresh medium weight flavors possess terrific vibrancy along with first-rate delineation on the mineral-inflected, clean and driving finish. This is excellent and a wine that should age very well as the balance is impeccable.  (1/2018)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Chambolle 'Charmes' is very, very fine, with lovely soil signature evident already on both the nose and palate. Again, this is quite black fruity in personality this year, offering up scents of black cherries, plums, raw cocoa, chalky soil tones, woodsmoke, vanillin oak and a lovely topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and precise, with a sappy core, fine soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. 2025-2065.  (1/2018)

91 points Decanter

 Notes of plum, red cherry, raw cocoa and a touch of grilled meat introduce a fine-grained, supple wine with a bright, sapid and open-kit palate and a chalky, mineral finish. A pretty Charmes. (WK)  (10/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes was affected by the frost but less so than the village cru. It has a nicely detailed, slightly earthy bouquet, freshly tilled soil aromas percolating though the dark berry fruit, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, notes of orange peel infusing the dark cherry fruit with just a touch of greenness on the finish. Not bad although the 2015 was a step up in quality. (NM)  (12/2017)

89-91 points Vinous

 (Hudelot-Noëllat owns two parcels, one 30 and the other 70 years of age): Medium bright red. Aromas of black raspberry and licorice are given punch by pungent rocky minerality. Concentrated but still quite tight and wound up; this wine too is carrying a high level of CO2. The tannins are fine-grained but distinctly firm in the early going. Finishes subtle, savory and long but I find this wine difficult to assess with confidence today. (ST)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

94pts Tim Atkin (MW): "The sort of wine that makes people fall in love with Chambolle-Musigny, this is like walking into a rose garden on a summer’s day. Elegant, lacy and vey sweet, with gentle tannins, fresh acidity and wild strawberry fruit. Charmes is a very appropriate name for this Premier Cru. 2022-30." (01/2018)


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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.
Country:

France

- 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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

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.