2019 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes #161777469
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. Like several other wines, the grapes for Les Charmes are destemmed upon arrival at the winery, with a brief cool pre-fermentation maceration following. Over-extraction is avoided through punch-down, pour-over, and delestage (rack and return). Left in a blend of 30% new and 70% one-year-old oak barrels for 18 months, Les Charmes is"charming"and the juicier of the two premier crus made by the winery.
Reviews 93-95 points Vinous "has a crisp, delineated bouquet of mineral-rich blackberry and boysenberry fruit displaying wonderful tension and focus. The palate is tensile right from the start, offering succulent black fruit, a silky-smooth texture and an intense, blood-orange-infused finish. Plenty of energy here. (NM)" 90-92 points Burghound "A more elegant and equally ripe nose features notes of red raspberry, lavender and a whisper of exotic spice. The sleek, intense and beautifully textured medium-bodied flavors possess notably better depth and persistence on the lingering, youthfully austere and firmly structured finale. (AM)"
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