2019 Charme aux Prêtres Domaine Huguenot
|Sub-district||Côte de Nuits|
|Vineyard||Charme aux Prêtres|
80 year-old vines on the same soil (Comblanchien) as the Champs Perdrix, but it comes out differently. Very deep colour and good silky body, it is closed for now - a taut and brambly palate giving way to darker fruit notes right on the finish, and a saline length. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Marsannay Charme Aux Prêtres has a generous bouquet, a mixture of blueberry and blackberry fruit that defines its appellation of origin. This oak is neatly integrated. The palate is well balanced is well balanced with succulent ripe tannins, fleshy and sorbet-like with veins of blood orange running through the dark berry fruit on the finish. This is one of Marsannay’s best vineyards and it is exploited to the full here. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
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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