Charles Van Canneyt at Domaine Hudelot Noellat made some rich and concentrated wines in 2018. Personally, I am not a massive fan of this structured style of Burgundy but I admire their effort in retaining freshness and keeping alcohol reasonably low (13.2-14.2%) in this warm vintage.
Harvest for the reds started on the 5th of September. Alcohol level between 13.2% to 14.2%. pH 3.6-3.8. Yield ranged from 36-48hl/ha.
100% destemmed. 20% new oak in village wine, 30% new oak in Premier Cru and 50% new oak in Grand Cru.
2018 is the second vintage of Meursault from Hudelot Noellat. Harvested on the 28th of August. Generous tree fruits and bright lemons with a creamy profile. Expressive and easy-going. (84/100)
Vosne Romanee 2018
From Basses Maizières. Aromatic red fruit bouquet of wild red berries, dark earthy spices. Sappy core of ripe tannins with good grip. Nice acidity and phenolic balance. Big-boned for a village Vosne Romanee and slightly backwards, this will need a good few years to settle down. (84/100)
Vougeot 1er Cru Petit Vougeot 2018
One of Hudelot Noellat’s “specials”. The 2018 Petit Vougeot is expressive showing a lovely core of ripe dark fruits and fleshy cherries. Limestone soil. Firmly structured with deep spiceness and minerality. (87/100)
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Murgers 2018
The 2018 Les Murgers is seriously tannic and grippy. A dark and low pitched core of black fruits and grainy tannins. Good ripeness and masculine grip on the palate, a big-boned Nuits Saint Georges. (84-85/100)
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes 2018
Hudelot Noellat owns 2 small parcels in Charmes, total 0.2ha. Ripe and punchy nose of fresh red berries, crunchy fruits with fragrant oak spices. The Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes is much more masculine in 2018. 13.7% alcohol. Ample tannins that will require a good 8-10 years of bottle ageing. (86/100)
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 2018
Limestone soil. Hudelot Noellat has 2 plots in the upper slope of Beaux Monts, total 0.3ha. A sleek array of classic Vosne pure spice and cool climate minerality. Sleek dark berries and smoky gravel. Good amount of substance but not as complex or as exuberant as the Suchots. (87/100)
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots 2018
Les Suchots from Hudelot Noellat is a nice step up from the Beaux Monts. Planted in 1910. Powerful bouquet of intense dark berries, exotic spices and subtle earthy fragrant. A full bodied wine with Grand Cru qualities and intensity. Blockbuster Suchots. (89/100)
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts 2018
From Au dessus des Malconsorts. Only 3 barrels produced. This 2018 Malconsorts offers an energetic bouquet of mixed berries, graceful dark fruits and rich oak spices. Good complexity with lots of substance. Give this 10 years of ageing and it should show superbly. Their Malconsorts was only bottled in magnum since 2012. (90/100)
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
Domaine Hudelot Noellat sold one of their parcels in the lower part of Clos Vougeot in 1998 to improve the quality of the final blend. Juicy red blackberries, fleshy red cherries and rich minerals. A powerful and broad-shouldered Clos Vougeot but arguably not as attractive as the Malconsorts. (89-90/100)
Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2018
9.5 barrels produced in 2018. Vines planted in 1924/1925. A strapping Romanee Saint Vivant with intense dark berries, cassis, low pitched new oak spices. Full bodied with ultra-ripe tannins. Good amount of substance and fine-grained tannins. Full-bodied with adequate acidity. A big wine but not the usual charming bouquet I normally relate to Romanee Saint Vivant. Tight. (90-91/100)
Richebourg Grand Cru 2018
6 barrels produced in 2018. Hudelot Noellat’s Richebourg performed better than their Romanee Saint Vivant in 2018. Charming yet powerful. Bright array of mixed fruits, smoky dark berries, refreshing wild berries and slight coffee beans. Full bodied with lovely acidity and tannic backbone. A hint of green note adding a lifted tone. Nicely made. (92-93/100)