Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 2015
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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. 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 1er cru's 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 Chambolle Musigny 1Er Cru les Charmes is being raised in 40% new oak. It has a very well-defined bouquet with dusky black fruit, blackberry and bilberry, hints of grey slate in the background, fine focus and precision on display here. The palate is well balanced with plenty of sucrosity, veering towards black fruit (dark cherries, bilberry and touches of cassis), but with plenty of vibrancy and energy towards the tensile finish. It deserves 3-5 years in bottle once released.