Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Bonnes Mares 2016
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 at Hudelot-Baillet 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 premiers 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."
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru consists of two barrels. Again, the aromatics are very closed at the moment: deep broody dark fruit, briary, subtle violet notes eked out with vigorous swirling of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, a fine bead of acidity, quite pure and nicely structured with a candied, cassis and black cherry finish that lingers long in the mouth. I like the elegance here when it could have just tipped over into blowsiness. Excellent.