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Hudelot Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru les Petits Vougeots 2016
France >Burgundy >Clos de Vougeot
(AM=90-92) An exuberantly expressive and spicy nose offers up a lovely mélange of pure red and dark cherry and floral aromas. The sleek, indeed satin-textured middle weight flavors brim with minerality on the super-saline infused finish. I really like the delineation and energy here plus the mid-palate concentration is better than usual. In 2016 this is very Chambollesque in character. (AG=89-92) (just 25 hectoliters per hectare produced in 2016, about 40% less than a normal year; these well-placed vines are situated in a normally humid spot not far from Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses): Dark red with ruby tones. Very ripe but slightly inky aromas of dark berries, minerals and bitter chocolate. Densely packed, concentrated and sweet, displaying terrific inner-mouth tension and Chambolle-like stony minerality. Finishes firmly tannic but not austere, with slowly rising length and very good grip. Classy, saline wine from vines that are now about 30 years old--and, in the opinion of van Canneyt, showing more depth than previously. (RP=88-90) The 2016 Vougeot 1er Cru les Petits Vougeot has a clean and pure bouquet with dark cherries and raspberry coulis scents that are well defined, if just a tad conservative. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite energetic on the entry and then segueing into a structured, denser finish of black and blue fruit. As such I would afford this three or four years in bottle.
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