2014 Alain Hudelot-Noellat, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 3x750ml

RP94-96VM93+

HK$22,232 / Case

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UK Stock: ETA to HK address 10-16 weeks (air)
SKU: LXSIB103739520140300750 Categories: ,
Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker – 94-96

The 2014 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru was tasted from a one-year-old barrel, though the final blend will include 50% new oak. It has a beautifully defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and a hint of fig, somehow effortless and wonderfully transparent. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual, quite ripe tannins. There is good volume here, impressive density and yet the overriding feeling is one of refinement. Then just on the finish there is something spicy, almost earthy, as it gently fans out. This is an exquisite Romanée-Saint-Vivant in the making. Dear reader: Have you ever driven down the A12? It is a stretch of motorway between London and Suffolk and it’s one of the most boring you can encounter. But every January I drive up the A12 on route to Southwold for our annual Bordeaux blind tasting. And maybe because of the ennui, I got into a “disagreement” with my driver, an eminent and reliable palate, who dared opine that the wines of Hudelot-Noëllat are not much kop. “Overrated” was the term he used. Of course, I was having none of it and defended the domaine’s wines as being exemplary. We agreed to disagree, though I only accepted the detente knowing that I could wax lyrical about Charles van Canneyt in print. Sporting a dashing new beard, Charles took me around the barrels. He picked on September 15 and some of the malolactics were so tardy that a few barrels were not finished (indeed, a couple were too reduced for me to taste). Charles has overseen some impressive wines in 2014, not least a spellbinding Richebourg that will rank as one of the best wines of the vintage. Perhaps it was just more open for business than the Romanée-Saint-Vivant, but it certainly put it in its place. I felt that at the bottom end, some of the village crus could benefit from a little more matière, but the mid-range is full of wines worthy of your attention, in particular a wonderful Vosne-Romanée Malconsorts. [Neal Martin, 28/09/2017]

Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038

Vinous – 93+

Deep, dark red. Brooding, youthfully medicinal aromas of red cherry, dark berries, mocha and cocoa powder. Dense and tactile, with dark cherry, raspberry and spice flavors showing enough sweetness to support the wine’s salty minerality. Finishes sappy, energetic, precise and very long, with substantial ripe tannins in need of cellaring. [Stephen Tanzer, 03/01/2017]

Anticipated maturity: 2024-2035

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