Domaine Hudelot Baillet: Outstanding Quality in Burgundy
©Hudelot Baillet Cellar Door

Domaine Hudelot Baillet: Outstanding Quality in Burgundy

Chambolle Musigny Vineyards

© Chambolle Musigny Vineyards

Winemakers in the Chambolle-Musigny region of the Cote des Nuits for four generations, the Hudelot family has a long-standing reputation for quality. Using land inherited from his father Paul, Domaine Hudelot Baillet was established by Joel Hudelot and his wife Chantal Baillet in 1981. Today the estate is comprised of 8.5 hectares (about 21 acres), of which one is planted with white wine. The vineyards include the characteristic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as the rarer Gamay, which is used to create a stunning Passetoutgrain wine.

Hudelot Baillet Cellars

© Hudelot Baillet Cellars

Today the estate is run by Dominique Leguen, Joel’s son-in-law, who also serves as the vineyard manager for Frederic Mugnier. Leguen began working at his father-in-law’s estate in 1998 and took over the leadership role in 2004.  He continuously exhibits his unfailing dedication to quality. After a careful hand harvest, the grapes are destemmed without crushing and are left in cold maceration for a couple of days. In the cellars during the vinification period, a combination of pumping over and punching down is used. In addition, delestage, or racking and returning, is used to prevent the careful extraction of tannins from the skins without the harsh and discordant note of tannins from the pips. Deep colored, powerful and yet still very fine the wines of Domaine Hudelot Baillet express a rare purity of fruit from the Chambolle-Musigny region.

The Wines of Domaine Hudelot Baillet

  • Chambolle-Musigny Village 2011
  • Chambolle-Musigny Village 2012
  • Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012
Allen Meadows, Burghound. “An attractively fresh nose is comprised of red and black pinot fruit, plum and wet stone hints. The round and naturally sweet middle weight flavors possess good punch on the lightly mineral-infused, balanced and solidly persistent finish. A good villages fashioned in a forward style.”

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 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate. “The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Village comes from vines aged between 30 and 50 years and it sees 30% new oak. The nose opens instantly with blackcurrant and raspberry scents underpinned by crisp citrus peel and cold stone notes. The palate is well balanced with a pretty, sweet opening and it veers towards a more brambly red fruit profile with a lovely grainy texture and a splash of white pepper enlivening the finish. This is utterly composed and refined, whilst not short-changing the customer on flavor.”

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 91-93 Points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate. “The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes comes from four lieux-dits to the south of Chambolle, courtesy of vines aged between 55 and 70-years. It has a very elegant bouquet that needs a little more encouragement than the regular Chambolle, opening to reveal brambly black fruit, cold stone and a touch of forest floor. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins matched with good acidity. There is fine depth here, adorned with rounded blackcurrant and raspberry fruit and perhaps just requiring a little more tension right on the finish. Still, this is very fine.”

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