Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc 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 basically 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.
Officially recognized since 1961, the Hautes Côtes de Nuits appellation covers 16 communes of the Hautes Côtes district in the department of Côte-d'Or, plus the more elevated areas of 4 communes in the Côte de Nuits. The dividing line between the Hautes Côtes de Nuits and the Hautes Côtes de Beaune runs through the village of Magny-Lès-Villers. The appellation produces both whites and reds. Typically the whites, which are made of Chardonnay, are white-gold to pale gold in color, or, if aged in barrel, yellow gold. Notes of apple and honeysuckle mingle with lemon, white flower and hazelnut. In the mouth, they are fleshy, solidly built, well-balanced, and with an easily-recognizable touch of bright acidity and energy which improves their aging potential.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits|
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc, which was picked towards the end of the harvest, has a little more brightness and complexity compared to the 2015 Bourgogne Blanc. The palate is fresh and quite saline on the entry. There is an attractive mineral/cold stone touch here with impressive precision and energy towards the finish. This is a delightful white Burgundy that comes recommended.