1er Cru Les Charmes 2017
The wines of Chambolle-Musigny, located in the Côte de Nuits, are unique red wines that symbolize finesse and elegance…
This appellation is one of the smallest and most parcelled out of the Côte with only 97 ha of Village appellation vines, 50 ha of Premiers Crus and 25 ha 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.
This term 'Charmes' is used in Burgundy to designate poor vegetation plateaux, uncultivated or fallow land.Formerly there were many plots not worked by their owner because they were very stony and difficult to cultivate.
Grape variety: pinot noir
Soils: very stony and very thin limestone soil.
Surface area under vine: 0.3477 ha
Pruning: Guyot system
Yield: 32 hL/ha
Average age of the vines: 50 years old.
Harvest date: 14 September 2017.
The grapes were handpicked and collected in 20-kg perforated crates.
At the winery: 50% of grapes were destemmed but not crushed (they were left whole) and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasted a total of 21 days including one week of cold maceration (12°C). Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only (no additives such as enzymes or tannins were used). 4 punchings of the cap. Vinification without sulfur.
Maturation: aged on the lees for 16 months with no racking using a proportion of 40% new French oak barrels.
Barrels: French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time for very delicate oaking.
Bottling: the wine was not fined but was very gently filtered before being bottled using gravity in March 2019.
Number of bottles: 1,490.
2017 , finesse
The growing cycle was thrown off-kilter by a very cold winter, late spring frost, then optimal conditions for rapid flowering, sporadic hail, and summer drought. Harvesting began in early September in the sun, and after several lean years, the vines finally produced abundant grapes, although with significant differences in maturity between whites and reds and from one region to another, which called for strict sorting.
Ageing potential: 10 years and more.
The color is dark red with ruby highlights. The nose is very expressive with intense aromas of morello cherries and some toasted notes. Complex, long in the mouth, rich, its structure is frank while remaining delicate. The tannins are silky.