The lack of volume in the appellation of Chambolle is hugely frustrating as this is such a gorgeous cuvee. Full of red Morello cherry flavours, there is a delicious subtle sweetness, with an intense mid palate core. Very long and lovely and fresh.
This is also exuberantly fresh with riper aromas of plum, red and dark cherry and a pretty hint of lavender. There is better size, weight and punch to the polished middle weight flavors where the sense of refinement is enhanced by the relatively fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in lingering finish that, in mild contrast to the mid-palate, flashes just a hint of rusticity. Drink: 2022+
The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny was reduced by 40% of production this harvest, withplots closer to Morey-Saint-Denis less affected by frost than others. Now this is much more promising than the Bourgogne Rouge, replete with lively red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, not powerful but delicate. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a fine bead of acidity, what you might describe as a “transparent” Chambolle-Musigny with fine tension and a sense of stoniness on the finish. Classic from start to finish, drink this over the next 7 to 10 years. Drink 2019-2026
From 11 parcels, two of which are classified as premier cru but are too small to vinify and bottle separately. The 2016 is superb, bursting from the glass with a bouquet of sweet red cherry, potpourri, raw cocoa and incipient bass notes. On the palate the wine is very concentrated, with a deep core of fruit concealing rich tannins, and a precise, tangy and long finish. If a better Chambolle villages was produced in 2016, I would love to taste it. Drink 2025-2038
Healthy dark red. Precise aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice, flowers and spices. Juicy, spicy wine combining subtle sweetness and soil-driven salinity, with complicating notes of licorice and herbs. Fairly tight but not short on flesh. This serious, well-chiseled village wine will need at least a couple years in bottle to expand.
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.