Founded in 1981 by Joel Hudelot and his wife Chantal Baillet, Domaine Hudelot-Baillet is located solely within Chambolle-Musigny. In 1998, Dominque Le Guen, son-in-law and eventual heir joined the winery and has since been developing the quality and style of the wines to an enviable level. Christophe Roumier has declared Le Guen as a"vigneron to watch"within the appellation. Coming from a small, upper part of the Chambolle side of Bonnes Mares, where the vines average 87 years of age, these grapes also undergo a pre-fermentation maceration before being crushed. Aged in 50% new and 50% one-year-old oak barrels after punch-down, pump-over, and delestage (rack and return) occur to avoid over-extraction.
Reviews 94 points Wine Advocate "Aromas of mulberries, cherries, violets and spices introduce Hudelot-Baillet's 2018 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, a full-bodied, ample and enveloping wine that's velvety and elegantly muscular, with notable mid-palate volume, ripe but lively acids and a long finish. (WK)" 90 points Vinous "...light peppermint aromas eventually come forth. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and vivid black cherry and cassis fruit. An Amoureuses-like finish lingers long in the mouth. This is a superb Bonnes-Mares. (NM)"
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About Domaine Hudelot-Baillet
In 2004, Joel Hudelot-Baillet, who had taken charge of the domaine in 1981 following his father, retired and entrusted the responsibility to his son-in-law, Dominique Le Guen. Le Guen, who joined the domain in 1998 with a background as an air force technician, has skillfully honed his winemaking craft over the years.
Emphasizing the unique character of each appellation, Le Guen's winemaking process involves careful grape sorting and destemming without crushing. A cold pre-maceration period lasting about 8 days aids in maximizing flavor extraction. After that, he initiates the fermentation process with punching down, later transitioning to pumping over, and he utilizes a delestage method, which aids in drawing tannins from the grape skins and not the pips. Depending on the wine, 30-50% new oak barrels are used for aging, with an élevage period ranging from 12 to 18 months. This intricate process culminates in robust, deep-colored wines that exude rich fruitiness, finesse, and power, quintessential characteristics of Chambolle-Musigny wines.
Under the leadership of Le Guen, Domaine Hudelot-Baillet has continued to evolve and refine, producing wines emblematic of their terroir and a testament to the domaine's unwavering commitment to quality and elegance.