CÔTE DE NUITS VILLAGES
2018 La Créole Domaine Huguenot
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La Créole is a gem of a site, between Gevrey Chambertin Les Crais and the family's Fixin holdings. A mix of clay and small gravel stones. This is, as slways, softish and yet elegant. The lovely plump fruit is showy. Giving a delicous impression of being very easy. Soft and rich fruit up front - nice lift and gentle tannins build on finish very nicely. Its all here. Lovely soft ripe red fruit flesh and just the right reins to gather it to - and give fine shape and flow. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Pale crimson. Light, fresh and vegy on the nose. Good energy in a lightish vein. Some sweetness. Drinking range: 2023 - 2029 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2020)
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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