2016 Petits Crais Domaine Huguenot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Fixin
ABV 13%
Vineyard Petits Crais

Philippe explains that he must be very gentle with the wine-making to avoid over extraction or you get hard tannins and too much heft here. In 2016 he has been successful! It is more burley for sure. Quite broad and big. More shoulders than the Marsannay - but there is a really good level of fun and pleasure. Lots of well-rounded darker fruit. Nice feel and lifts to a cherry skin piquancy at the finish. Petit Crais are the small stones that cover the deep layer of 'Marne de Bresse' Clay subsoil. The Huguenot's Fixin vines are more on the clay and so it is no surprise that this feels broader generally than the other wines. L&S (Oct 2017)

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One of Lea & Sandeman’s great discoveries is Domaine Huguenot. 2016 Fixin, Petits Crais, Domaine Huguenot is a marvellous wine with valid delusions of grandeur. With spice, wild berry fruit and admirable depth it certainly has the shape and size of a Gevrey if not the price tag. I can recommend this wine enormously. While I liked both of their Gevrey-Chambertins, they cannot compete in value for money terms with these two star wines (with Charme aux Prêtres).Matthew Jukes (Jan 2018)

Domaine Huguenot

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 the whole domaine 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. Nevertheless Philippe, although initially unsure if he would try for the certification again was 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. So he fought his way back, and the wines have been certified organic again since 2019. Philippe now has 23 hectares in production.

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