2016 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Vosne-Romanée (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1342547 88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty and softly spicy array is composed mainly by plum and dark cherry scents. There is good energy and freshness to the well-delineated middle weight flavors that possess a succulent mid-palate while offering reasonably good complexity on the persistent finish. A quality Vosne villages.  (1/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Vosne villages is really pretty and stylish in this vintage. The excellent nose jumps from the glass in a mix of black raspberries, lovely minerality, gamebird, espresso and a stylish topnote of violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tangy, with a lovely core of black fruit, fine soil signature, modest tannins and impressive length and grip on the poised and classy finish. A fine AC. 2021-2045.  (1/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Vosne Romanee Villages was more backward on the nose compared to the Chambolle-Musigny, though it opens with aeration and evolves a pleasing pastille-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red cherry and strawberry fruit, touches of blood orange with a precise finish. Good potential here, crisp and direct. (NM)  (12/2017)

88-90 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. Aromas of blackberry, licorice and crushed rock. Showing limited easy sweetness and flesh but captivating inner-mouth floral perfume and definition to its juicy flavors of dark berries and bitter chocolate. A pungent note of blood orange adds lift. A bit lean and tight in the early going--perhaps slightly hardened by the CO2 today--finishing with a firm dusting of tannins and noteworthy persistence. (ST)  (1/2018)


 From the lieu-dit of Bas Mazières, this village wine reveals aromas of dark fruit, game bird and a subtle framing of new oak, followed by a full-bodied, juicy and open-knit palate with a touch of tannic chew on the back end. This suggests either less complete ripeness or some unintegrated barrel tannin, vis-à-vis the suave Chambolle village wine. Drinking Window 2022-2035. (WK)  (10/2017)

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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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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.