Domaine Hudelot-Noellat

“Word on the street (and I don’t know exactly what street, but one where wine-lovers gossip) is that Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat is “kicking arse” these days. I believe that’s a technical term for fashioning wines with elegance, poise and that abstract term: “pinoté.””
-Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
The Hudelots are an ancient Burgundian family whose ancestry can be traced back to Chambolle since before the French Revolution., with the domaine as it exists today being founded in 1964 by Alain Hudelot. In 2008 Charles Van Canneyt succeeded his grandfather Alain and succeeded in raising the domaine to the very top echelons of Burgundy producers. By decreasing the yield, being more selective, and applying meticulous wine-growing techniques that respect the typicity of the terroirs, and also by his work on the vineyards, Charles has unquestionably moved the domaine up to a new level.
With vineyards holdings being some of the most prestigious in Burgundy, the estate is one of the rare to produce both Richebourg and Romanée Saint-Vivant alongside Romanée-Conti and Leroy. The grapes for the Clos de Vougeot come from two rocky parcels of old vines in the northernmost section of the vineyard – one on the left of the Château and the other on the right. Vine age is kept high by systematic grubbing up and replanting. Most plots are of old vines, averaging well over 50 years, with his holdings of Romanée Saint-Vivant and the premier cru “Les Suchots” dating from 1920.

In the cellar, fermentation proceeds with natural yeasts, and is allowed to reach 32 degrees before the must is cooled to 25 degrees. The grapes are 100% destemmed then vinified in concrete tanks.  Ageing is done for 12 to 18 months in oak barrels. A mixture of oak barrels – both forests and tonnelliers – is employed, although the majority is low-toast Allier from François Frères.

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