Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
"Les Charmes"

  • RegionCôte de Nuits
  • VillageChambolle-Musigny
  • AppellationChambolle-Musigny Premier Cru
  • Grape varietyPinot Noir
The Vine
  • Average vine age 35 years
  • SoilClay and limestone
  • Average yield35 hl/ha
  • HarvestHand picked
Wine tips
  • Cellaring Potential7-10 years
  • Serving temperature 15-17°
Description
  • The 180 hectares of vines in the tiny village of Chambolle-Musigny are a soft interlude amongst the great vineyards of the Côte de Nuits. Chambolle-Musigny has 24 Premier Cru vineyards and it is Les Amoureuses and Les Charmes that are generally the most renowned. The poor limestone soil is well known producing wines that are delicately scented. The Burgundian term Les Charmes refers either to an uncultivated plateau with little vegetation or the existence of wooded land covered by Hornbeam. In this case it refers to the former because Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes is located beneath Les Grandes Mûrs that has long been an uncultivated field.
Vinification & Ageing
  • Fermentation
    Traditional in open vats
  • Ageing
    10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 40% new
  • Barrels
    Louis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted
Wine tasting
  • Tasting Note
    With an intense colour, the Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2012 reveals toasty notes on the nose along with aromas of cocoa and cassis. On the palate, it has a lot of finesse and silky tannins.
  • Food Pairing
    Duck and truffle parmentier - woodcock salmi - wild boar and cranberries - capon - Brillat-Savarin cheese
Press review
  • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2012 - Wine Spectator - Juin 2015 - 90/100


Press review
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2014 - Tim Atkin (UK) - February 2016 - 91/100
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2014 - Burgundy Report - January 2016 - "Ethereal and beautiful"

      Deeply coloured. Not super overt, but really super beguiling. Really a subtly but beautifully complex nose. A wine without weight but super complexity and fine texture. Super airien - as the french might say - I say ethereal and beautiful - exceptionally fine finishing too. I love. (cask sample) By Bill Nanson (UK)

    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2012 - Wine Spectator - Juin 2015 - 90/100Ripe and juicy, offering cherry, strawberry, floral and spice notes, all allied to an elegant profile. The acidity and tannins are well-integrated, and this finishes on the chalky, minerally side. Best from 2017 through 2028.
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2010 - Wine Spectator - October 2013 - 91/100A rich, round style, with rose, raspberry and light vanilla flavors. Dense yet smooth, showing fine balance and refined tannins on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2027.
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2008 - Wine Spectator Insider - March 2011 - 90/100 A lean, sinewy version, with tightly wound cherry, strawberry and red currant fla¬vors. Though long, this lacks dimension and generosity today. Give this some time and you won't be disappointed. Best from 2013 through 2022. (USA)
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2007 - Wine Spectator Online - 2010 - 89/100Rich and round, showing cherry and floral notes with fine tannins and bright acidity. This is ample, and just a touch candied in flavor, with fine length. Best from 2011 through 2017. 150 cases made. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
    • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Charmes" 2005 - Wine Spectator Insider - July 2007 - 92/100Rich, round and dense, yet vibrant and explosive, with cherry, raspberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Intense, this builds on the palated, with great purity and harmony. Drink now through 2020. (USA)
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