2015 Montagne Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
On oolite blanche, a chalky clay. This has a deep colour and is well filled-out, with a darker fruit expression and a bigger, rounder mouth-feel. A supple, hedonistic, fruit-forward wine, a little bit of breezy saline mineral keeps it fresh and sappy. Good length. Drinking range: 2020 - L&S (Nov 2016)
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Cask sample. Chocolate, pepper and black cherry; almost more like Syrah in terms of fragrance - but the palate is classic Pinot, light and refreshing with a faint reductive element giving a little farmyard scent. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2017)
North of the appellation. Full south exposure. Limestone. Upright, firm aroma. Smoke on the nose. Dark pepper. Sweet fruit at the front palate. Full and juicy, then strict. Good tension. Lots of energy and punch. Fine, firm tannins. Mineral finish. This is good. I like the energy of this wine. 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 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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