2016 Les Crais Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
Nice flow here again. This is straight, elegant and nicely poised. Fruit is on the red spectrum with gently ripe strawberries and raspberries. It is quite a sunny solaire but well-judged, well measured. Gentle and pretty Gevrey. Some wood spice too. Always early ripening and the first he picks in Gevrey, you can sense this ripe middle. A geological feature the Cone de Boulisses (the Moraine from the Combe) spills out in a fan and Les Crais is right in it. Similar to the effect in Marsannay and the freshness in the wine, that restraining edge owes much to this. L&S (Oct 2017)
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Cask sample. More smoky and savoury than their Marsannays, although the structure is relatively accessible for Gevrey-Chambertin – indeed the 2016 vintage seems marked by early approachability. Should develop in bottle well too. Drinking range: 2018 - 2032 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
An intense ruby red, with fresh aromas of red and black fruits. This wine is deliciously full bodied, smooth, generous and well balanced. Rating: 16/20 Bourgogne Aujourd'hui (Aug 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. 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.
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