Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle Musigny 1erCru Aux Beaux Bruns 2012

Burgundy,Cote de Nuits
WA93, BH92
Pinot Noir

The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Aux Beaux-Bruns, obviously from the premier cru side, has a more voluminous bouquet with fleshy and forward crushed strawberry and red cherry scents that is already very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied but full in the mouth, adorned with soft and corpulent red berry fruit and a lovely, caressing finish that glides to its conclusion. This is superb. - WA91~93

As it usually is this is both slightly riper and a bit more deeply pitched with its notes of plum, black cherry and dark currants, all of which is trimmed in soft spice notes. There is good volume, concentration and phenolic maturity to the delicious and vibrant medium weight flavors that possess an appealing combination of concentration, power and drive on the balanced and lingering finish. This is almost never as elegant as the Chatelots but it offers a more robust interpretation of Chambolle in the same fashion as the Les Baudes. Drink:2020+ - BH90~92

The Winery

Domaine Ghislaine Barthod is one of the most prominent producers in the Chambolle-Musigny appellation of Burgundy, known for its intense, ageworthy wines from the Pinot Noir grape variety.

The estate was initially founded by Marcel Noëllat in the early 20th Century. Marcel's daughter married Gaston Barthod, an officer in the French army, then stationed in Dijon. The pair continued to work on and develop the domaine over the decades.

Barthod's daughter Ghislaine took over after Gaston's death in 1999, having effectively run the estate for the previous decade or so. She and partner Louis Boillot combine vineyard work across both their respective domaines, although the two estates are run as separate entities and the wines made in their respective wineries.

The Barthod estate is made up of around six hectares (15 acres) of vineyard. Over half of this is split between eight well-sited plots in Chambolle-Musigny's premier cru vineyards, with the remaining land in Villages-level and AOC Bourgogne parcels.

Holdings in Chambolle-Musigny premier cru sites include 0.8 hectares (two acres) in Les Cras, 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres) in Aux Beaux Bruns, 0.4 (one acre) hectares in Les Veroilles and around a quarter of a hectare (0.6 acres) in both Les Fuées and Les Baudes.

The Bons Batons Bourgogne Rouge from a vineyard just across the road from the Chambolle-Musigny border is well-known for its value for money.

Grapes are partially destemmed before fermentation with punchdowns in open-topped wooden vats. The wines are then matured in barriques for up to 20 months – the top wines see no more than 30 percent new oak. - Information from Wine Searcher



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