Allen Meadows 88-90
"Mild reduction knocks down the nose though there is good freshness and punch to the more obviously concentrated medium-bodied flavors that exude both earth and mineral nuances. This is not especially elegant but there is very good underlying material and fine energy and finishing detail."
Producer note: Dominique Hudelot returned to his 8.5 ha family domaine in 1998 though as he explains that it really wasn't until 2002 that it was operating as it is today. The viticultural philosophy is basically organic though the domaine is not certified and Hudelot has no intention of doing so. There are no insecticides and sexual confusion is employed instead to combat problematic bugs. The harvest is performed manually with sorting work done in the vineyards and again at the cuverie if necessary. The fruit is 100% destemmed, cooled to 7 or 8° C for 7 to 8 days and then allowed to proceed naturally. The cuvaison typically lasts for 15 to 18 days before being racked into barrel. The new oak program averages 30% for the villages wines, 40% for the 1ers and 50% for the Bonnes Mares. The wines are given 12 to 18 months of élevage before being bottled, generally without fining or filtration. Hudelot describes his intended style as one of finesse, succinctly explaining that "all of my appellations are in Chambolle and finesse is what we do best."
Domaine Hudelot-Baillet is a true Chambolle-Musigny producer with cellars in the town as well as holdings entirely within the appellation. The domaine was created in 1981 by Joël Hudelot (inherited largely from his father Paul) and his wife Chantal Baillet. Joël retired in 2004 and passed along the reins to his son-in-law Dominique Leguen, who had been working with him at the domaine since 1998. Dominique, who also works as Frederic Mugnier’s vineyard manager, has elevated the quality at this domaine and has been described by Christophe Roumier as a ‘vigneron to watch’…
The grapes here are all destemmed but not crushed initially while they undergo a brief cool pre-fermenation maceration. He uses pigeage initially then a combination of pump over and delestage (rack and return), in order to avoid extracting too much from the pips. The village level wines are aged in 1/3 new oak and 1/3 each one year and two year old barrels; while the premier cru and grand cru wines are aged in 50% new and 50% one year old oak.
These wines from this domaine show a purity of Chambolle fruit which is certainly rare to find consistently throughout a domaine’s line-up: from villages up to Grand Cru. We think that when you have the chance to taste them, you will agree...
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Hudelot-Baillet is a 21-acre domaine in the Chambolle-Musigny region. It was founded in 1981 when Joel Hudelot inherited land from his father, Paul Hudelot, a much admired winemaker. The Hudelots have been making wine in Côte des Nuits for four generations, and today Hudelot-Baillet is run by Dominique Leguen, Joel's son-in-law. Leguen is also vineyard manager for Frederic Mugnier. The estate has a grand cru parcel in Bonnes-Mares, and premier crus in Chambolle-Musigny, as well as village wines.
Côte de Nuits is the northern part of the Côte d'Or and it includes the most famous vineyards and wine communes in the world. There are more Grand Cru appellations in the Côte de Nuits than anywhere else in Burgundy. Of the fourteen communes, or villages in the Côte de Nuits, six produce Grand Cru wines. They are Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanee. Some of the vineyards within the Côte de Nuits are tiny, which adds to their prestige. The fabled Grand Cru vineyard La Romanee is barely two square acres. Altogether there are twenty-four Grand Cru vineyards. The region takes its name from the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Côtes de Nuits produces mostly reds from Pinot Noir, and the wines have been in demand for centuries. During the 18th century King Louis XIV's physician recommended that for his health the king only drink wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges. Like most of Burgundy, the soils of the Côte de Nuit can vary greatly from one vineyard to another, though most are a base soil of limestone mixed with clay, gravel and sand.