Domaine Hudelot-Baillet, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc 2016

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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. Dominique, who also works as Frederic Mugnier’s vineyard manager, has elevated the quality at this domaine and has been described by Christophe Roumier as a ‘vigneron to watch’…

The grapes here are all destemmed but not crushed initially while they undergo a brief cool pre-fermenation maceration. He uses pigeage initially then a combination of pump over and delestage (rack and return), in order to avoid extracting too much from the pips. The village level wines are aged in 1/3 new oak and 1/3 each one year and two year old barrels; while the premier cru and grand cru wines are aged in 50% new and 50% one year old oak.

These wines from this domaine show a purity of Chambolle fruit which is certainly rare to find consistently throughout a domaine’s line-up: from villages up to Grand Cru.

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