2013 Grand Cru Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Philippe's vines in Charmes are right up under Griotte Chambertin, where there is more stone ('calcaire d'entroques' or crinoidal limestone) and this gives wines with more elegance - the topsoil soil is very shallow here. An immediately appealing florally fruity nose, and the palate shows delicacy behind the ripe but fine fruit. Very elegant and linear. Drinking range: 2021 - 2028 L&S (Nov 2014)
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Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2015)
The Huguenots can trace their history in Marsannay and working in the vines back to 1789. Currently the domaine is run by Philippe. His father Jean-Louis expanded the domaine from five to twenty-two hectares (twelve in Marsannay, six in Fixin, and four in Gevrey) before handing over the reins. Philippe took the bold step of taking all twenty-two hectares into organic production (the conversion was completed in 2010), but immensely sadly he was forced to do a single non-organic treatment in 2016, because of the terrible conditions, so he was back to square one - three years to re-qualify for the organic label - but this should be in place for 2020. Philippe was initially unsure if he would try for the certification again - but for all that is not planning to change the way he works - it is, he assures us, better for him and the environment and and his workers as well as for quality, and the domaine will continue along organic lines. Jean-Louis died suddenly just before the 2019 harvest - he will be much-missed.
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