Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes 2018
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."
VinousThe 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru is matured in 30% new oak. It has an opulent, showy bouquet with layers of black cherry, crème de cassis and violet aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip and tension and quite structured for a Chambolle, displaying impressive tension toward the vivid finish. Give it three to five years in bottle, because it has a long future.