MasterClass2: Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat in Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots Masterclass
The premier cru ‘Les Suchots’ vineyard is Vosne-Romanée’s largest, and bordered by Romanée-St-Vivant, Richebourg and Echezeaux. As Allen Meadows writes, ‘when you find a really fine bottle of Suchots, it will offer a terrific drinking experience. It will almost always feature an utterly seductive and entirely classic Vosne nose of Asian spices that is complemented by an opulent richness on the mid-palate, delivering a certain fullness with absolutely no rusticity or hard edges on a finish of haunting length.’
The vineyard’s size has taught Allen ‘to be cautious when buying Suchots’, but he includes Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat in his list of top producers for this vineyard.
And well he might. Today’s masterclass includes vintages from one of Burgundy’s rising stars – Charles van Canneyt, who gained the keys to the estate in 2008, fresh from oenology and viticultural studies in Dijon, aged 20. He is widely regarded as one of the best vignerons in Burgundy today. His grandfather, Alain Hudelot, from whom he took over, was also highly regarded. In the ‘90s Clive Coates MW described Alain’s wines as ‘full, opulent and multidimensional’.
This masterclass will enlighten us on this wonderful vineyard, its expression across a range of vintages spanning 4 decades, through the lens of one domaine that has itself undergone a style transition (Alain’s to Charles’). The class will be lead by Charles van Canneyt.