• Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses"
• Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes"
• Chambolle-Musigny "Les Cras"
• Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Fuées"
• Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Gruenchers"
• Chambolle-Musigny "vieilles vignes"
When an appellation has one single owner/producer, it’s known as a monopole (monopoly). Burgundy is so complex, with so many small parcels of vines, that owning a "private" vineyard is very special. Monopoles manage to be kept intact over time frequently because they are walled vineyards – called Clos -- in the heart of a village, and enclose just a small area. We want to call your attention to eight monopoles from our village, the so-called Nuits de Premeaux (Nuits from Premeaux). These wines are mostly 1er Crus, and they possess great finesse and elegance.
2011: fresh and precise
The start was in advance with a more than warm March, wich helped to produce one of the earliest vintage from the past 20 years... picking date was on the 2nd September! A such precocity was met during the 2007 vintage, and we often compare these two vintages. But in the cellar, they are very different. 11' is more powerfull...
Flowering was poor once again, even if the yields are up to 2010. That precocity gave us the perfect weather during harvest, but we didn't want to wait longer the maturity to get better sugar levels. The phenolics were ripe, and we wanted not to lose the precious acidity...
So grapes were average low concerning sugar level, wich actually gives this particular balance of the 2011' with lots of freshness...
Bright fruit and rubis color, the general balance is great.
Ageeing in barrel produced bigger wines, and we decided to make it shorter under oak, to keep the freshness. The second part of ageeing in stainless steel was also important.
The potential is there actually, but they will be very pleasant during the youth, and 4 to 8 years will developp a great complexity...
We have bottled the wines in April 2013 and they are actually available.
Corks - Screw caps - Synthetics
Cork has done a great job for many years. But we have noted a decrease in quality over the last 10 years. Massive global wine production created a high demand for this product and the consequences can be felt in terms of quality. That's the reason why we have become more and more interested in alternative closures.
Synthetic corks are not ideal, from our point of view, because they do not have the same elasticity as cork. Oxygen can get into the bottle making cellaring for long periods impossible.
So we focused on the screwcap (stelvin, a French invention) and started trials in 2003. The two different technical liners are more or less permeable to oxygen depending on the winemaker’s choice (and the product itself, differentiating red and white wines). We have never been disappointed by a wine under screwcap. It evolves less quickly, but freshness is better preserved. We clearly recommend this for all our white wines, and regular reds such as Bourgogne and Côte de Nuits Villages.
The customer would be wise to change his mind set about this alternative. The UK is open to making the change, but some other markets remain wedded to the traditional cork. One last point: the cost of a good cork is higher than the screwcap, but the glass bottle required for it is more expensive. All in all, the cost balances out and so the economic aspect doesn't affect the choice.
Should I decant into a carafe to give oxygen to the wine?
That's a fair question, each time you open a bottle, white or red, young or old. The oxygenation which results from pouring the wine is useful to "open" the wine completely.
But our wines do not really need to be decanted; just open the bottle a few minutes beforehand to make it show better and better as it opens in the glass. That is one of wine’s great pleasures, getting to experience all its phases.
The problem is when you have many guests around the table, and the time given to the wine to open is too short. With guests, wine has to show well from the start, and so in this case I would recommend decanting.
It's also a good thing to do for a blind tasting, and it's a sign that you care about your wine.
Last piece of advice: if you open a good bottle with friends, limit the number of guests to make sure you have the time—and enough wine—to appreciate the different phases of the wine as it opens up.
Stability is the keyword for a good cellar. If you don't have a good cellar, the eurocave system can be a solution, otherwise you'll just have to visit your favorite winemaker often! The serious wine merchants we are working with can of course be helpful and advise on this issue...
When you get ready to pour the wine, keep in mind that it’s better to have it a little too cool than too warm. Then the room temperature will complete the job, and will give you the time to appreciate the different expressions of the wine. 10-11°C for the whites, 16-17°C for the reds, are the range that we would recommend.
Food & Wine ?
Burgundy wines are first of all wines to accompany a great dinner. With their complexity and freshness they are the perfect partner for good food. Whether for a simple meal between friends, or for an elaborate evening dinner, the pleasure of choosing the wine adds spice to the event. The aim is to find the perfect combination with the food. This is surely part of the pleasure of being a host.
Remember, being a sommelier is an important job!