This bottle is part of my Burgundy experimental series where I try to pick bottles of good vintages, but from vignerons which are not of worldwide reputation. I was told by my undercover informants, that Hudelot-Noellat would be such a winery and ordered their Vosne-Romanée village wine from the solid 1999 vintage.
Color is nice and bright, quite transparent on the sides with a slight brown-orange rim; age appropriate.
Nose is still very much on primary notes with red fruit but also some oak, some light smoke notes and an earthy component.
On the palate also red fruits on the fore. A very nice juicy acidity together with a shy minerality make the wine fresh and gulpable. A bit later hints of mushroom are appearing as well. There’s still a tannic strucure, even drying out a bit on the finish.
Weight-wise, the wine falls off a bit on the mid palate, remaining on drying tannins while the acidity keeps pulsating.
This isn’t a blockbuster, but that’s also not what one should expect. But for a village-wine it shows an alright performance with typical Burgundian expression of the Pinot grape. Together with a juicy steak it was even more enjoyable.