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Domaine Hudelot-Baillet 2014 & 2013 – Chambolle Musigny

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Dominique Leguen, with Dave Chan, with Jon jumping, right at Les Cras!

Joel Hudelot-Baillet took over from his father Paul Hudelot in 1981, the domaine having originally been established several years earlier. Joel retired in 2004, making way for his son-in-law Dominique Leguen, originally a Breton, who had been working at the domaine since 1998. The domaine has come forward by leaps and bounds since. Everything is now bottled at the domaine, from lower yields in vineyards looked after on the lutte raisonée system.
The grapes are sorted before being destemmed, but not crushed, then given a cool pre-maceration for around 8 days. Dominique Leguen starts with punching down but thereafter moves to pumping over, and also likes to use a delestage which he feels is good for extracting tannins from the skins rather than the pips. The premier and grand cru wines receive 50% new oak and 50% one year old barrels.
Big strides have been made since the change of generation. The wines are now relatively deep coloured, full of fruit, powerful, yet still fine.
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2014 vintage favors Chambolle-Musigny:
” As to the wines I very much like them as they’re fresh and balanced and should drink reasonably well young but age well too. They are perhaps not as concentrated as their 2013 counterparts but they’re less austere. “

” I would describe it as having elements of 2006, 2007 and 2008 in the sense that the wines have the texture of 2006, the freshness of 2007 and the transparency of 2008. “


2014 Hudelot-Baillet Cras small

2014 Hudelot-Baillet Cras


2014 Hudelot-Baillet Blanc ALL large

Hudelot-Baillet full line up 2014 version

* The 2014 Hourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc has much more definition and precision than the Bourgogne Blanc this year — more mineral tones coming through. The palate is crisp on the entry with a touch of orange cordial and citrus fruit, and a keen line of acidity that leads to a pointed, lightly spiced finish. Dominique Leguen has crafted a very decent Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc here. “
* from 55-85+ year old vines
The 2014 Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes comes from vines between 50- and 91-years-old, and is also matured in 30% new oak à la village cru. It has a concentrated bouquet with those same blackcurrant and blueberry scents, but with a touch more delineation. The palate is fresh and vibrant, the tannins a little more “solid” than the village cru, hence more structure and firmness towards the dense finish. Afford this serious Chambolle-Musigny 5-6 years in bottle. ” Neal Martin 90-92
Refreshing aromatic profile that offers sweet blue fruits and light floral scents. Lovely richness and depth here. Loaded with ripe cherry fruits with the refreshing juiciness that form a really good juicy mouth feel. Good drive and persistent. ” Wine Journey
* 2 parcels of 40-yr & 80-yr old vines
The 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1Er Cru les Charmes comes from vines around 60-years-old. I like the volume and purity here — just joyful black cherry and cassis fruit with an underlying mineralité that comes through more and more with time. The palate is crisp and slightly chalky in texture, grippy in the mouth, much more masculine that the nose suggests with firm structure imparting linearity towards the lightly peppered finish. This is an excellent Chambolle Charmes that will drink well over the next 8-15 years. ” Neal Martin 90-92
Very good airy sweetness and savoriness intermixed with mint and licorice at the back. Sweet red and blue fruits, very good concentration that firmly supporting by the slightly mouth coating tannin, feeling the depth instead of power. Gaining weight in the glass and I especially enjoying the minerality and touch of spiciness at the back that added better complexity. ” WINE JOURNEY
Very seductive nose with perfume black currant and floral. With air mint and spices emerged in the glass. Full bodied, superb pure, clean and rich fruits. Firm fine grained tannin, spices gripping the palate with growing intensity and scale at the back. Showing good complexity and harmony at this young age. Amazing. ” Wine Journey
The 2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Cras has a little more transparency and delineation on the nose compared to the Chambolle Charmes — black cherries, cassis, bay leaf and cold, wet limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth, much more saline than the Chambolle Charmes with a piquant, lively finish. This is another very fine Chambolle from the domaine, but one that deserves several years in bottle.” Neal Martin 92 – 94

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2013 Hudelot Baillet

” Dominique Leguen, son-in-law of former proprietor Joel Hudelot-Baillet, (who also serves as the vineyard manager for Frederic Mugnier.) was working in the vat-room when I arrived early in the morning. He told me that he believes the quality of the 2013 is just under, occasionally equal to, the 2012 with similar pH levels and just a little rot affecting his whites. He commenced the harvest on October 5 under good conditions and benefited from the cold mornings to keep the picked fruit nice and cool. Like everyone else he had to chaptalize a little in 2013, and said that this had to go hand in hand with a careful remontage. His malolactics were late, finishing not until the end of July. This was a solid set of wines that displayed vibrant, shimmering fruit from barrel with good structure if not quite the penetrating precision of the previous vintage. Dominique’s wines are still under the radar (…ish), but appear to be gaining wider audience with every passing vintage.
* comes mainly from 2/3 Chambolle augmented by parcels in Gilly
” The 2013 Bourgogne Rouge, which comes mainly from Chambolle augmented by parcels in Gilly, has a fragrant, dark plum and wild-strawberry-scented bouquet with a fine sous-bois undertow. The palate is medium-bodied with plump ripe tannins lending this Bourgogne Rouge a Chambolle-like “rondeur” in the mouth. The finish is nicely balanced and there is a subtle spicy aftertaste. Fine. “ Neal Martin 87-89 points
* from 55-85+ year old vines
” The 2013 Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes has a much more backward, introspective bouquet compared to the Village Cru at the moment, but there is an attractive brine influence here. The palate is silky smooth and very well balanced. There is good substance here, a solid Vieilles Vignes with a fleshy finish. Lovely. ” Neal Martin 90-92 points
* 2 parcels of 40-yr & 80-yr old vines
” There are nine barrels of the 2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Charmes this year. It has a natural, delineated bouquet with brambly red fruit and a light floral scents that possess natural charm. The palate is very intense with keen line of acidity. This a vivacious Charmes with plenty of energy and tension throughout, from start to finish. Glorious! “ Neal Martin 91-93 points
* 27yr old vines
” The 2013 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Cras has a less flamboyant nose than the Chambolle-Charmes ’13 at the moment: this is more serious. The palate is tensile, more mineral-driven than the Charmes, the texture a little more powdery but with lovely balance on the finish. Sedate and classy, this should drink well over the next decade. Excellent! “ Neal Martin 91-93 points

The capsules of Lovely Hudelot-Baillet wines

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