1er Cru Aux Echanges 2020

The wines of Chambolle-Musigny, located in the Côte de Nuits, are unique red wines that symbolize finesse and elegance…

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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 small climat covers only 92 ares in total, is located at the entrance of the village, in the northern part of the town.
"Aux Echanges" can take its name from a donation in favor of the Abbey of Citeaux or can refer to the word "Echangeur" ​​because the vineyard is at the crossroads of several paths.


Grape variety: pinot noir
Soils: very limestone with many pebbles.
Orientation: South-East
Surface area under vine: 0.1410 ha
Pruning: Guyot system
Yield:32 hL/ha
Average age of the vines: 51 years old.


Harvest date: 6 September 2020.
The grapes were handpicked. First sorting in the vineyard, second on the sorting table upon receipt of the harvest.
At the winery: 50% of grapes were destemmed but not crushed (they were left whole) and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration with 50% whole bunches lasted a total of 13 days including 2 days of cold maceration (12°C). Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only (no additives such as enzymes or tannins were used). Vinification without sulfur and punching down.


Maturation: aged on the lees for 14 months with no racking using a proportion of 100% 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 December 2021.
Number of bottles: 591.


Balanced and concentrated
The harvests happened back-to-front! They began with the reds ripening before the whites. The harvest was very disease-free but we had to eliminate sunburnt berries, especially in the case of the Pinot Noir vines as the Chardonnays had coped better with the heat. Quality was definitely good, but relatively low juice yields has resulted in Pinot Noirs with high colour and aromatic intensity. On the other hand, the Chardonnay vines produced adequate yields with a good balance of sugar and acidity. This optimal ripeness enabled us to harvest the red grapes in certain plots according to the ‘vendange entière’ approach, where stalks are fermented along with the grapes.
'Lots of lovely colour in the reds, with very high polyphenol content, firm tannins and excellent levels of acidity. Looks set to be a year with great cellaring potential. Summer fruit coulis notes definitely have the upper hand in this year’s vintage! The whites are nicely-balanced, but it’s too early to be more precise. Watch this space…’ Grégory Patriat.
Ageing potential: 10 years and more.

Tasting notes

Adorned with a beautiful brilliant ruby ​​color, this wine develops very floral aromas, over the entire harvest as well as notes of fresh red fruits. Complex, long in the mouth, the attack is on the freshness for this solar vintage. This elegant wine reveals silky tannins.

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