Chambolle-Musigny

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuit is is one of the smallest and most parcelled out appellations of the Côte with only 97ha of Village vines, 50ha of Premiers Crus and 25ha of Grands Crus. The terroirs of Chambolle-Musigny are rather homogenous and enjoy eastern exposure. The delicate silkiness of its wines stems directly from the soil type, with a base of hard limestone forms ase, topped by a thin layer of Bathonian limestone gravel that ensures good drainage of the soil and contributes to the fine, sensual and charming character of these wines. Boisset works with a strong environmental conscience and although it is not certified, this wine is made organically.

Vintage Information

The 2014 vintage was very promising with good yields. After another year of surprising weather, September lived up to its reputation and played its part to the full in terms of ripening the grapes. In the springtime, the 2014 vintage looked like an early one and the vines profited from the hot and dry weather, which indicated an abundant harvest and healthy vines. In the summer, the sun was not as prevalent as usually expected, and the advance gained at the start of the cycle was soon lost. However, despite the wet and chilly weather, maturation began to gather pace at the end of August. The plots of Pinot Noir were subjected to strict sorting, both in the vines and in the winery. The harvest began in mid-September in the sunshine. The grapes brought into the wineries were ripe, healthy and aromatic.

Vinification

The grapes were handpicked and collected in 20kg perforated crates. They were sorted a first time in the vineyard and a second time on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery. The grapes were 50% destemmed but not crushed and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration with 50% whole clusters lasted a total of 23 days including one week of cold maceration (12°C). Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only. Infrequent punching of the cap (eight maximum). The wine was aged on the lees for 16 months with no racking using a proportion of 40% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Beautiful dark colour with ruby highlights. A nice intensity, with aromas of violet, cherry flavours and pepper. On the palate, the wine has very fine tannins and good length.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 6.61g/l
Residual Sugar 0.1g/l
Wine pH 3.39