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Ghislain Barthod 

Chambolle-Musigny 2015


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Each vintage of Ghislain¿s wines are such a magnificent expression of the Chambolle terroir that we request an allocation of all three of her classifications. The regional wine is harvested from vineyards both within and without the Chambolle village and thus has the largest catchment area: Bourgogne Rouge. This particular bottling is her village wine made from several parcels within the appellation. The Premier Cru, Aux Beaux Bruns, is from a single vineyard bordering the Grand Cru Bonnes Mares, and represents her best efforts. Barthod has come to be a standard-bearer for Chambolle, and you will find a huge range of expression here. Chambolle-Musigny, its official designation, is located on the Cote d¿Or escarpment, the geographic heart of Burgundy. It is one of the most renowned Pinot Noir producing villages in the world. A capricious variety not far removed from its wild ancestors, it has been cultivated here for over two millennia. The appellation was originally known as Chambolle, the name derived from ¢champ bouillant¢, or bubbling field, after the remarkable rush of heavy rain waters. In 2009, these rushing waters were relatively scarce and the searing heat led to a very ripe crop and a more fruit forward wine that is immediately approachable. No waiting for this one to open up ¬ it is ready to drink now. This village wine is light and effortless on the palate, full of dark red fruits and enough oak and tannin to balance it perfectly. Her insistence on purity of fruit, vineyard expression and minimal intervention all come together here.

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