2014 Les Crais Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Supple start with ripe fruit. Red cherry brightness and seems quite zippy although the acidities are generally low this year. Drinking range: 2017 - L&S (Nov 2015)
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A discreet, even shy nose is composed of various dark berry, earth and a hint of game-inflected scents. The rounded and notably supple middle weight flavors possess a succulent mouth feel before terminating in a delicious and vibrant finish that offers medium depth but very nice length. While not especially concentrated I like the definition and delivery and this should offer 5 to 8 years of upside development potential. Drinking range: - 2020 Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2016)
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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