MARSANNAY

2016 Montagne Domaine Huguenot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Marsannay
Vineyard Montagne

This has a more mineral underbelly than the village wine. I like the energy and the more lifted feel. Quite poised, light on its feet. Good bright red fruits. Balance of freshness is excellent with the nicely ripe red berries. The vines here are facing due south. The vineyard is heavilly loaded with limestone pebbles, and what they call 'Calcaire friable'. Lots of small stones that over time have washed down from the two Combes to the north East - you can sense this by the cool restraint in the wine. L&S (Oct 2017)


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Cask sample. Simple red fruit, with perhaps a bit more substance to the palate than the domaine blend, and decent spicy persistence on the finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 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 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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