Hudelot-Noëllat Nuits-St Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Burgundy
R1,850
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(Only 5 left)
93
AM
About Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat:
Established in Vougeot in 1962 by Alain Hudelot, Hudelot-Noëllat has quietly risen to the top echelon of Côte de Nuits producers. In 2008, Alain retired and his grandson Charles van Canneyt took over, making wines of great refinement and complexity. They farm sustainably on their 10 ha of vineyards planted across 15 different appellations, spread over the villages of Nuits-Saint-George, Vougeot, ChambolleMusigny and Vosne-Romanée. This includes the Grands Crus Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Richebourg and Clos de Vougeot. Hudelot-Noëllat is known for its old vines which average more than 50 years old with several vineyards dating back to 1920.

‘The Hudelot-Noëllat wines are always the most elegant in a line-up. Their fresh acidity, deft use of oak and terroir-driven style appeals to the traditional Burgundy lover seeking long-ageing wines’ – Roland Peens

Tasting notes:
'A brooding and all but mute nose requires aggressive swirling to reveal its notes of intensely earthy aromas of dark currant and raspberry where a background nuance of the sauvage appears. The rich, full-bodied, naturally sweet and lightly mineral-suffused flavors possess good freshness and a seductive texture before culminating in an impressively complex, driving and palate staining finish. This is more refined than it usually is yet a wine that doesn't lack for power and punch. In short, this excellent effort is promising but notably backward.’ – Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, 93/100

'The 2016 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Murgers was showing some reduction on the nose. The palate is more readable with mainly red berry fruit, mixed with hoisin and a faint oyster shell influence. The tannins feel quite firm but not oppressive, although it just needs more weight and flesh to come through on the finish.' – Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, 88-90/100

Notes on the winemaker and vintage:
'Alain Hudelot's grandson Charles Van Canneyt described 2017 as "one with a straightforward growing season that really didn't give us much grief. I chose to begin picking on the 7th of September and the fruit was clean and ripe. Happily yields were much better than what we realized in 2016. Potential alcohols came in between 12.5 to 13% and thus there was very little chaptalization. I used no whole clusters for the vinifications though I did a slightly longer cuvaison of between 2 and 4 days to obtain a bit more density as the extractions occurred more slowly than usual. Somewhat curiously given the relatively low malic acid levels, the malos were late as they didn't finish until September.

As to the wines, they remind me quite a bit of the 2001s, which for me is a compliment as I like our 2001s a lot." Van Canneyt noted that the 2016s reviewed below were bottled in January and February 2018. He further noted that they were bottled with relatively high levels of CO2 (<900 mg) so they tend to be reduced and in need of decanting. Canneyt also proudly announced that he has acquired a parcel of Meursault villages called Clos des École that was previously farmed by Coche-Dury.' – Allen Meadows, Burhound.com

More Information
Condition New
Blend information 100% Pinot Noir
Drink to Long-term cellar
Variety Pinot Noir
Rating AM 93
Producer information Established in Vougeot in 1962 by Alain Hudelot, Hudelot-Noëllat has quietly risen to the top echelon of Côte de Nuits producers. In 2008, Alain retired and his grandson Charles van Canneyt took over, making wines of great refinement and complexity. They farm sustainably on their 10 ha of vineyards planted across 15 different appellations, spread over the villages of Nuits-Saint-George, Vougeot, ChambolleMusigny and Vosne-Romanée. This includes the Grands Crus Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Richebourg and Clos de Vougeot. Hudelot-Noëllat is known for its old vines which average more than 50 years old with several vineyards dating back to 1920.
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