(from a .25 ha parcel). Heavy reduction completely flattens the fruit. There is a really lovely texture to the refined medium weight flavors that possess a lilting mouth feel on the clean, cool and dusty finish. This is not as complex as the best in the range in 2013 but it’s awfully pretty and very Chambolle. Drink 2021+
The 2013 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Charmes has a relatively conservative, almost bashful bouquet compared to Barthod’s other premier crus: well defined, but it remains tightly coiled, timid even. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a little juicier in the mouth than the aromatics suggest, with baked red cherries and cranberry that segue into a gourmand finish. Give this at least 2 or 3 years in bottle - this has plenty of personality.
A broad, light, airy, flowery palate. Soft and open from the beginning. Very scented. The acidity comes through on the finish; where the wine tightens and becomes much more focused and energetic. It is a light textured wine; with volume, but light; frothy even. Very Chambolle. Score 18.25. 2018.
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.