A beautifully perfumed Petits Vougeots with lifted red flowers, raspberries and sweet spices. A wine of great finesse, refined tannins and a supple, lingering length – the palate texture is closer to a Vosne-Romanée than a Vougeot. A small proportion of whole clusters were added during fermentation; aged in barriques (two-thirds new) for over a year. Drinking Window 2023 - 2031. (JCL)
This too is noticeably ripe though the fruit profile derives more from the red side of the spectrum, and in particular cherry and pomegranate, though there are wisps of black raspberry and spice in evidence. The sleek, elegant and refined medium weight flavors flash good minerality before concluding in a balanced, complex and sneaky long finale. This is lovely and the supporting tannins are quite fine-grained.
The 2018 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeot has turned out very well, opening in the glass with a lovely bouquet of cassis and plums, complemented by top notes of woodsmoke and violets. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and fleshy, with a bright spine of acidity and a fragrant, precise finish. A Chambolle-Musigny in all but name, this is an elegant and exquisitely balanced cuvée. (WK)
The 2018 Vougeot Les Petits Vougeot 1er Cru, matured in 30% new oak, has a sensual nose of red cherries, crushed strawberry and pressed violets. The palate is medium-bodied, quite succulent and vivacious, delivering tart red fruit, orange zest, tangerine and a slight bitterness on the finish that adds welcome tension. Not a long Vougeot, but certainly well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. (NM)
The 2018 Petits Vougeots is also very good chez Hudelot, but this wine was far more primary and was not showing the same precision on either the nose and palate as the lovely Au Bas de Combe at the time of my visit on November 6th. The aromatic constellation offers up notes of red and black cherries, plums, chalky soil tones, pigeon, chocolate and mustard seed. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely balanced, but a bit fruit-driven at the present time. The finish is long, ripely tannic and promising, but today, this is still a bit adolescent and is not all that happy to be tasted. I am accustomed in most vintages to have this wines great chalky base of soil front and center in the wine, but that is not yet the case with the 2018. 2028-2060.
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