2018 1er Cru Fonteny Domaine Huguenot
|Côte de Nuits
More clay here. And it is wines from the clay that seem to be in need of a bit more élevage this year. This is bigger, bolder. Really quite full. There is still charm and in the mouth things tighten up somewhat. A nice feel of fine grip builds and freshens, this really helps with the density of a mass of fruit, still tightly wound for now. Dark and brooding in the middle for now, this will be quite indulgent. Power and possibility are both high here. L&S (Oct 2019)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
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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