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Chambolle-Musigny “Charmes” 2011

Producer Information

This Burgundian domaine has been a family estate for nearly 200 years. Erwan Faiveley, 7th generation, took the reins in 2006 from his father when he was only 25. They have earned their reputation as one of Burgundy’s finest and most trusted, with an unparalleled selection from the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise totalling over 120 hectares.

Vineyards

The appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) Chambolle-Musigny may only be used for red wine with Pinot Noir as the main grape. There are 25 Premier Cru vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny, and two Grand Cru vineyards. The AOC was created in 1936.

In 2008, 152.23ha (376.2 acres) of vineyard surface was in production for Chambolle-Musigny at village and Premier Cru level, corresponding to slightly over 800,000 bottles. Within the commune, there are also vineyards (on the flatter land to the east of the N74 road) which are only entitled to the regional Bourgogne appellation.

Winemaking

The hand picked harvest goes through a short prefermentary maceration before being vinified. For the duration of the 18-20 day vatting period, the wine is kept at low temperature. It is then matured in oak barrels for 16-18 months, in nineteenth century vaulted cellars which provide ideal conditions for raising wines. The proportion of new oak, which is susceptible to variations according to the vintage, represents on average two thirds of the cuvée. The barrels come from high-quality barrel makers and have been rigorously selected for their fine grain and light toast.

Vintage Information

The spring was extremely dry – which gave the grapes thick skins and protected them from disease – while the summer was unusually rainy. Water stress was succeeded by water excess and so that led to a very early harvest without excessive maturity; characteristics of 2007 mixed with those of 2010. The red wines have a dark ruby colour, a high concentration, well balanced and the tannins are soft and ripe. Beautiful structure, flavours are fresh and spicy. Elegant notes of fresh fig are typical of 2011.

Tasting Note

An ultra-elegant and intensely floral nose of red currant and raspberry aromas is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is a lacy and pure mouth feel to the lightly mineral-inflected medium weight flavours that possess plenty of energy on the balanced, cool and beautifully persistent finish.

Food Pairing

Red Meat, Game.

Serving Suggestion

Serve between 14º-16ºC. Cellaring potential: 10 to 12 years

Côte de Nuits, Premier Cru
100% Pinot Noir
Cork

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