Chambolle-Musigny is a tiny commune in the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy. It has a population of fewer than 400, but enjoys an historic and widespread reputation for its high-quality wines. The village produces almost exclusively red wines from Pinot Noir. A minute quantity of white wine is also made here, from Chardonnay grapes grown in the prestigious Le Musigny Grand Cru vineyard.
Chambolle-Musigny was originally called simply Chambolle, but the name of its prize vineyard was added in 1882 – a fashion of the time that was followed most notably by villages such as Aloxe-Corton and Puligny-Montrachet. The Musigny vineyard was classified in 1936, the same year in which the communal Chambolle-Musigny appellation was created. The Chambolle part of the name is a bastardization of champ bouillant, meaning ‘boiling (or bubbling) field’. This is a reference to the torrents of water which flow down the local slopes after heavy rainfall, when the small Grone stream bursts its banks.
The classic Chambolle-Musigny wine is powerful, yet refined and perfumed, characterized by its balance of richness and elegance. Along with Vosne-Romanee and Gevrey-Chambertin, the village is considered to be a source of the finest Pinot Noir wines on earth. The perfume which characterizes the wines has earned Chambolle a reputation as the Volnay of the Cote de Nuits. No white wine is made under the communal appellation, at either village level or Premier Cru level. (© Proprietary Content, Wine-Searcher.)
“Tasted from a sample prepared by Romain Taupenot. This has a lovely bouquet with truffle-tinged dark fruits with superb definition. Even at this early stage this is quite complex and alluring. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, oyster shell tinged entry, silky tannins and great harmony, long with great tension and focus towards the finish. This is superb.” –
“(from vines that average more than 60 years of age) This is also quite floral with an attractive if subtle hint of spice to the elegant, pure and refined red berry aromas tinged with a hint of forest floor. The seductively textured and intense mineral-inflected flavors possess really lovely intensity on the linear and persistent finish that evidences a hint of wood. This is a distinctive and stylish wine of finesse that is worth a look.” –