2015 Les Crais Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
A gravel of broken limestone on the rubble washed down the combe. Little real soil makes this an early-ripening spot. Supple and silky, the limestone gives a surprising mineral brightness and energy. The freshness means it will keep the drive and juice. Nice finish. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Rating: 17.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Feb 2017)
Cask sample. Simple red fruit with a sheen of oak spice. There is ripe tannin here, but it isn't obviously Gevrey in structure. Complete, ripe, balanced. Has enough fruit concentration to age fairly well for a few years, although isn't hugely complex. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
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.
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