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. Offering a more mineral expression of the terroir, this wine comes from vines averaging 25 years in age. Once destemmed at the winery, the grapes go through the pre-fermentation maceration and then are punched down and pumped over to avoid over-extraction. Aging occurs over 18 months in 30% new and 70% one-year-old oak barrels.
Reviews 91-93 points Vinous "It has a very intense, almost flamboyant floral nose, bunches of violets and iris complementing the black cherry and cassis fruit. The palate is well balanced with a very sweet candied core of fruit and touches of menthol and licorice toward the finish. (NM)" 90-92 points Burghound "A cool and restrained array is comprised by notes of plum and spice with the addition of a lovely floral character trimmed in a soupcon of wood. The more refined, intense and more mineral-driven flavors possess a highly attractive mid-palate mouthfeel though the firmer and more austere finish.... (AM)"
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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.