Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 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 Le Guen, 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. 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."
This Premier Cru is made from vines planted in 1987, from a .37 ha holding that produced yields of only 17 hl/ha. This superstar vineyard is known from illustrious domaines such as Georges Roumier and Méo-Camuzet. Acquiring this beautiful and very well-priced Les Cras is a real coup. There is so much ripeness, roundness and charm in this smooth, fleshy, silky wine with 3-7 years of aging depending upon the vintage.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits|
VinousThe 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 1er Cru, which underwent malolactic earlier than the Charmes, has a more backward bouquet and more red fruit, plus a touch of brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with dark-chocolate-tinged red fruit, and here the oak is a little dominant toward the sucrous finish. The Charmes might be the better long-term bet.
Wine AdvocateThe 2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras is also showing well, mingling aromas of cherries and black raspberries with hints of licorice and dark chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, it has a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and powdery tannins that gently assert themselves on the finish.