Les Gruenchers means small walnuts, but there is no obvious association to the wine itself with its delicate raspberry fruits. This is bright and full with slightly crisp crunchy fruit tannins. A very appealing and giving wine which will drink well relatively young.
A beautifully layered nose of plum, dark cherry, spice and lavender aromas gives way to lush and opulent middle weight flavors that possess a generous mouth feel before culminating in a palate coating, intense, long and moderately austere finish. There is an abundance of dry extract that does a good job of buffering the relatively firm tannic spine. Drink 2020+
There are just 2½ barrels of the 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers this year. It has a light minerally bouquet with touches of redcurrant and cranberry fruit that are extremely well defined. The palate is well balanced with firm, slightly more obdurate tannins. Firm grip here, more masculine, one of the domaine's vin de garde this year.
Sweet oak plus a slightly stemmy character on the nose – a bit gawky. Powdery, mouth-coating tannin. Clumsy. Drink 2016-2024
Exquisitely pure, ethereal, and terroir-driven, Ghislaine’s wines also have wonderful mineral raciness. The domaine was originally created by Marcel Noëllat, Ghislaine’s maternal grandfather. After attending viticultural college in Beaune in the 1980s, she began assisting her father, Gaston Barthod, at the family domaine. Her straightforward, no-nonsense approach helped introduce a sorting table, extended lees contact, a gentle cold soak before fermentation, and domaine bottling. All this enabled greater control over the quality of fruit, texture of tannins, and purity of flavours. The results have been year upon year of magical masterpieces from Chambolle Musigny. Along with her partner Louis Boillot, today she is joined in the vineyard and cellar by their son, Clément.
The wines of Chambolle Musigny are like no other. They can be superbly delicate, yet mindblowingly complex. Of all the northern Burgundy appellations, they are the most ethereal, and as a result the most feminine. Most of the Chambolle Musigny vineyard area is encompassed in its Village and Premier Cru appellations including the robust Beaux Bruns, the splendidly mineral Le Cras and the poised yet powerful Les Amoureuses. It produces only two Grand Crus - the round and rich Bonnes Mares which it shares with Morey St. Dénis, as well as what could be described as the Stradivarius of grand crus, Musigny.