2019 Alain Hudelot Noellat Chambolle Musigny les Charmes

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This is a wine with ripe plummy fruit and notes of spice, along with a rich, velvety feel on the palate and a lingering finish. It comes from two parcels totaling 0.21ha, both planted with 50-year-old vines. 20% of the fruit is fermented as whole clusters and punched down, prior to ageing in cask (25% new). Drinking Window 2024 - 2039.

Decanter | 92 DEC
The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes is superb, mingling aromas of orange rind, blackberries and cassis with hints of rose petals, loamy soil and truffle in a complex bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, layered and textural, it's deep and concentrated, with lively acids and a chassis of rich, powdery tannin. This is well worth seeking out.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92-94 RP
The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru has a seductive nose of plush red berry fruit, peppermint and light orange pithy aromas, displaying fine delineation. The palate is well balanced, open and generous, delivering fleshy red fruit and conveying a sense of lushness and elegance toward the candied finish. This is a gorgeous Les Charmes that will be irresistible in its youth.

Vinous Media | 92-94 VM
(Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny "Les Charmes" 1er Cru Red) Moderate wood influence can be found on the more restrained yet markedly ripe aromas of black berry, plum, raspberry and a plethora of spice nuances. The rich, dense and quite serious medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the attractively textured, youthfully austere and sneaky long finale. This is an exercise in harmony and balance that should also repay mid to even longer-term cellaring. (Drink starting 2031)

Burghound | 91-93 BH

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Producer Ramey: With over 40 years of experience, David Ramey has built a staggering reputation. Ramey’s resume is quite impressive including involvement with half a dozen famous wineries not including his very own. In 1996 while working at Dominus, he was given permission by Christian Moueix to make a “little Chardonnay.” And so sparked the flame that would eventually lead to award winning Chardonnays.

Ramey now employs his own artistic vision sticking with traditional Burgundian styled Chardonnays, rather than the much derided buttery, over oaked style. Sun-kissed California fruit married to Burgundian-style minerality is his ideal neoclassical Burgundian approach. He loves the rich texture and doesn’t worry about alcohol levels as it adds to the mouthfeel. It’s about harmony – the marriage of Old World methods with New World innovations.

Ramey focuses on terroir: the vineyards are selected for their ability to produce high quality fruit. The soil must be right for the climate, which must be right for the terrain, which must be right for the varietal. Respect for the land, allowing nature to guide the process. Nearly a dozen vineyard locations are each and respectively a testament to this ideal.

Though Ramey’s Chardonnays are highly recognized, he has a large portfolio of other wines including three Cabernets, a “Claret” blend, a Pinot Noir, and three Syrah. In total, the varietals combined produce around 40,000 cases annually. Whether it’s his highly esteemed Chardonnays or Napa Cabernet, Ramey wines come with a guarantee to please. Before they reach the consumer, each has been nurtured, methodically scrutinized at each level of the vilification process and hand crafted by one of the most disciplined and respected wine makers in California.
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines.

Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon: It is recognized worldwide, referred to as “king of grapes” and has easily become the most popular grape variety in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon has seemingly taken the world by storm. It has seen exponential growth and popularity in American and around the world over the past thirty years. The phrase “Cabernet is king,” is a common maxim in the world of wine. Cabernet Sauvignon wine has become so popular that when being referred to can be recognized by simple slang, such as “Cab” or “Cabernet. It might appear simple, straightforward and easily understood; yet, interestingly remains an enigma, which has both baffled and excited oenologists since its discovery.

The exact origin and circumstances of this world-altering event are still enigmatic; however, at the end of the 20th century, UC Davis Scientists (John Bowers and Carole Meredith) were able to solve part of the mystery using DNA fingerprinting technology that proved Cabernet Sauvignon to be the offspring of a surprising spontaneous crossing of Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. By the 18th century there were already records of Cabernet Sauvignon being well-established on the west side of the Gironde Estuary (Left Bank) in the Medoc and Graves.

Although tremendously popular in California and what seems to have become the identity of Napa Valley winemaking, Cabernet Sauvignon’s birth took place in the Bordeaux region of southwest France by fortuitous unification. Whereas Napa Valley experienced a winemaking renaissance during the 1970’s and 1980s (greatly due to the 1976 Judgement of Paris) quality wine from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape has been produced in the Medoc, on the Left Bank of Bordeaux for over 400 years.

Cabernet Sauvignon’s first recorded plantings in California can be traced back to the 1850’s when Antoine Delmas, a French nurseryman, brought French vines (including one called ‘Cabrunet’) to the Santa Clara Valley. Early cultivation suffered due to obscurity of the varietal and improper planting in inhospitable soil. It wasn’t until pioneers such as Robert Mondavi, Randy Dunn and Warren Winiarski with their amazing foresight and understanding of terroir, would the grape variety finally find its niche in California winemaking.

Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in warm climates moderated by a cooling marine influence. It is perfectly attuned to gravel-based soils with good drainage. Whether on flat land or a hillside, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape flourishes in proper climates and terroir, producing incredible yields. The thick grapevine is extremely vigorous allowing it to exploit its natural host. Its distinctive small, black berries (reminiscent of blueberries) adhere firmly to the stalk and are capable of a very long “hang time.” These berries are extremely concentrated, producing intensely flavored fruit. The thick skins of the grape are characterized as having highly astringent flavor, high tannin, acidity and dark color. Coincidentally, the variety has a special affinity for oak, which helps soften the bitterness.

Today, the Noble Bordeaux varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on 340,000 hectares (741,300 acres) of vineyards across the earth’s surface. From Sicily to Sonoma, Chile to Bordeaux, South Africa to Napa. It has found symbiosis in terroir hotspots that mimic that of the Medoc and Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon’s globetrotting has allowed the grape variety to take root all over the world, captivating its inhabitants and influencing winemaking. This serendipitous marriage between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc centuries ago, which offered to the world its progeny, has changed the landscape of winegrowing, winemaking and the face of the entire wine market forever. It has influenced blending, changed civilization and has cultivated a place for itself in today’s world… the very pinnacle.

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