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 97 hectares of Village vines, 50 hectares of Premiers Crus and 25 hectares 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 the base, 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

After one of the mildest winters since 1900, growers suffered vineyard damage in the spring with devastating frosts during April and hailstorms during May which severely reduced the size of the potential harvest. Fortunately, summer saw a return to sunshine and warmth with adequate rainfall allowing the vines to catch up with their growth. Given a difficult start, the 2016 vintage is of an unexpectedly high quality, the white wines are generous with good body and fine-fruit aromas that will be ready to drink while young, whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and ideal for ageing.

Vinification

The grapes were handpicked and collected in 20 kilogram perforated crates. They were sorted firstly in the vineyard and again on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery. Destemmed but not crushed the grapes were gravity-fed into tanks where maceration with 50% whole clusters took place, lasting 23 days. Fermentation used only indigenous yeasts and there was infrequent punching down of the cap (eight maximum). The wine was aged on the lees for 15 months with no racking using a proportion of 35% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

The wine is garnet in colour with hints of purple. The nose exhibits complex aromas of blackberries, violets, spice and toasty notes. On the palate, it has a lovely mouthfeel, while still fresh and delicately scented tannins are evident on the long, structured finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%