2013 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, Aux Malconsorts 1×1.5L

RP93-95VM91-94

HK$9,651 / Bottle

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SKU: LXSIB103743820130101500 Categories: ,
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Vinous – 91-94

Bright, dark red-ruby. A bit tired on the nose following the very recent end to its malo. Then dense and sweet in the mouth, showing excellent chewy depth to the black cherry, spice and mineral flavors. One senses outstanding complexity and potential here but this is currently in a rather disturbed state. Finishes sappy, saline and long, with serious but ripe tannins. I look forward to seeing this in its finished form. [Stephen Tanzer, 01/01/2015]

Anticipated maturity: 2023-2034

Robert Parker – 93-95

The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Malconsorts was the latest to finish its malolactic in mid-September. The nose has plenty of energy: red berry fruit, orange sorbet, wet limestone and fresh prune scents. The palate is primal with a dense body of red fruit. There is better weight here than the Suchots with more persistence on the peacock’s tail finish. Is this the Malconsorts of the vintage? Word on the street (and I don’t know exactly what street, but one where wine-lovers gossip) is that Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat is “kicking arse” these days. I believe that’s a technical term for fashioning wines with elegance, poise and that abstract term: “pinoté.” Charles van Canneyt, “a bit of a dish” according to several friends of the fairer sex, has steered this domaine in a positive direction. Once their wines were “respectable.” Now, recent vintages have warranted a small but perfectly formed flotilla of superlatives. Charles told me that he started the harvest on October 5 and used 20% new oak for the village crus and 30% to 50% for the premier crus. Like many winemakers, he blended the stems into the vat, between 20 to 25%. The malolactics here were late…very late. In fact one or two of the cuvées still had not completed their malo by the time of my visit at the end of November (I suspect that is partly because their capacious cellar always feels a little colder than others.) “Personally I prefer 2013 [to 2012] because you can easily tell the terroir. It has good potential for cellaring because there is good quality of tannin and because of the acidity, which is more present in the 2013. That gives more energy in the wines,” he remarked. I have to say, this represented a very consistent and occasionally inspiring set of 2013s that climaxed with a show-stopping Romanée-Saint-Vivant, so luxurious and pure that I suggested to Charles that he serve the sultrier Richebourg before it. It evoked memories of a divine 1980 that I had popped just the week earlier. This domaine’s 2013s come strongly recommended and here I agree with Charles that they may well surpass the 2012s – a remarkable feat given the growing season. Do not overlook gems such as the three Vosne Premier Crus (Malconsorts, les Beaumonts and les Suchots) while their Vosne-Romanée Village ’13 is one of the best that I tasted during my five weeks of tasting. [Neal Martin, 01/12/2014]

Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035

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