2015 Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
At the edge of the bottom of a combe, this is on a mostly clay soil with calcareous rubble washed down from the valley. Wines on these deeper soils can be more structured, take longer to 'get there', and can age longer too. Solid structure of fine tannins, all filling out the juicy, lively fruit. Here the tannin is more present, it's quite a chunky, solid style, but there is plenty of fruit here to go with it. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Quite a solid, chunky style, partly due to the predominance of clay soil, interspersed with calcareous rocks, this has plenty of dark fruit and concentration to age well. The oak is a little obvious now but give it a few years and this will be a very rewarding bottle. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 91 Andy Howard MW, Decanter(Aug 2018)
Cask sample. Cranberry and redcurrant fruit - even a hint of rhubarb here. Tart but not too sharp. In fact, there is a silky tannic structure that provides nice texture by contrast. There's perhaps just a little too much oak dominance on the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2017)
Petits Crais. In the north part so going into Marsannay and sandy marls...marl with the texture of the sand. Late harvest. Ripe red fruits. This is juicy and has a bite at the end of the palate. It is a touch more rustic than the Marsannay. It has a some grip on the finish. A bit more austere. “A good wine to have with hare,” thought Jerome and Laurent. Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 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 has taken the bold step of taking all twenty-two hectares into organic production (the conversion was completed in 2010).
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