2016 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1342549 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots has a very pure bouquet, a similar fruit profile to the Beaumonts but with more ripeness, a little more vivacious and charming in keeping with the Suchots style. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, more sensual and denser than the Beaumonts, with a corpulent finish perhaps more common in 2015. This is an outstanding Les Suchots. (NM)  (12/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Compared to the Beaux Monts, here the nose of plum, dark cherry and violets is spicier and a bit more deeply pitched if perhaps not quite as elegant. There is a really lovely inner mouth perfume to the richer and more seductively textured but less mineral-inflected flavors that conclude in a wonderfully long, stylish and classy finish. This also should drink reasonably well in its youth but age well too over the mid to perhaps even longer-term.  (1/2018)

91-94 points Vinous

 Bright red with ruby tones. More inky and slightly higher-toned than the Beaumont, offering very dark, nuanced aromas and flavors of black cherry, dark raspberry, violet, cocoa powder and crushed rock. Rich, ripe, broad and sedate in the mouth, but with excellent energy and lift. Finishes saline, tactile and very long, with a somewhat more tannic impression than the Beaumonts; I suspect this wine will be slower to evolve. (ST)  (1/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Suchots was showing really well at the time of my visit. This is an utterly classic example of its terroir, offering up a pure and vibrant bouquet of black raspberries, black cherries, duck, espresso, dark soil tones, Vosne spices and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with marvelous mineral drive, fine focus and grip, silky tannins and a long, vibrant and complex finish. Just a gorgeous example of Suchots. 2023- 2065.  (1/2018)

92 points Decanter

 The domaine’s vines in Les Suchots are very old, planted just after the phylloxera epidemic, and they performed well in 2016. Notes of ripe cherry and currant mingle with spice, grilled meat and a framing of new oak in an incipiently complex bouquet, introducing a full-bodied, sappy and concentrated wine with a fine but firm chassis of chalky tannins. This will be lovely with some bottle age. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Great drive, energy, fruit and persistence. This has real Vosne zest. Should not disappoint. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2026-2043.  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

95pts Tim Atkin (MW): "Hudelot-Noëllat’s parcel is the oldest at the domaine, planted in 1910. This sees 40% new wood, but has the structure to cope. It’s a rich, dense Pinot showing aromas and flavours of ginger spice, toast and black plums with fresh acidity and a long, complex finish. 2026-32." (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.


- 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.