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This is an incredible value offering from a small domaine in Chambolle-Musigny. Hudelot-Baillet's Bourgogne rouge is essentially de-classified Chambolle-Musigny augmented by parcels in Gilly. The domaine was created in 1981 with cellars and holdings in Chambolle, 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. The viticultural philosophy is organic though the domaine is not technically certified. There are no insecticides used 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, and 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."
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Bourgogne Rouge saw 20% aged in new oak this year. It has a strident bouquet with ample black cherry, bilberry and cassis scents on the nose that is bolstered by the new oak. The palate is candied on the entry: blackcurrant and cassis fruit, an agreeable grainy texture that almost hides the succulence. It's a more "bullish" take on 2015 generic Burgundy. Drink over the next 3-4 years.