Chambolle-Musigny

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Parcelle(s)

Les Baudes
Surface: 0,0688
Geographical situation: parcel in mid-slope, below Les Bonnes Mares.
Exposure: East-facing.
Plantings: 1918/1919 1973/1974

Les Condemeines et les Chardannes
Surface: 0,247 ha
Geographical situation: Les Chardannes: parcel in mid-slope; Les Condemennes: close to the village of Vougeot
Plantings: 1965/1966 1966/1967

Les Véroilles
Surface: 0,19 ha
Terraced parcel, above Les Bonnes Mares
Plantings: 1989/1990

Les Argilières
Surface: 0,098 ha
Geographical situation: parcel bordering Musigny
Plantings: 1989/1990

The red clay, rare in the Côte de Nuits, gives this wine a delicate, tender heart. Its composition includes several climats from Vougeot to Morey-Saint-Denis: Les Véroilles, Les Argillères, the renowned Les Baudes climat, Les Condemennes and Les Chardannes. Its powerful, racy temperament belies Chambolle-Musigny’s reputation as a “women’s wine”.

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Vines

Geographical situation: Chambolle-Musigny, at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, has earned its place among the Grands Crus and the sun-drenched plots  Les Argillères is on an outstanding site, in mid-slope, with Musigny as its renowned neighbour; a fiery plot just a stone’s throw from Les Amoureuses. Our other plots in the Chambolle-Musigny appellation are Les Chardannes,  close to Morey-Saint-Denis, Les Condemennes adjacent to the Premier Cru Les Charmes, and Les Véroilles which borders on the Grand Cru, Les Bonnes Mares and les Baudes, 1er Cru climat located below Bonnes Mares.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: Several climats: Les Véroilles and Les Argillères are very calcareous and alluvial, while Les Baudes, Les Condemennes and Les Chardannes are less calcareous, but clayey and silty. GEST compost.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Total surface: 0,60 ha
Yield: 16 hl / ha
Rootstock: 60 % of massal selection and 40 % of clones.
Pest management since 1992
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 2000.
Horse ploughing for Les Véroilles
Training style: Guyot
Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Suckers removed in spring.

* Groupement d'Etude et de Suivi des Terroirs

History

Alfred Hitchcock adored Burgundy wine, and his cellar in Bel Air, Los Angeles, was full of his favourite  Chambolle-Musigny. This helps explain why a bottle of Burgundy was the key to the plot of Notorious, one of his most dramatic films.

The name of Les Argillères, a plot renowned since the middle ages, evokes the clayey marl mixed in the vineyard’s active calcareous soil. A superb rocky terrace, it looks over the countryside like the first balcony of an Italian theatre. The land was originally a Gallo-Roman settlement which gradually gave way to vines. In the 14th and 15th centuries, when the Duchy of Burgundy was at its most powerful, several members of the family which owned the vineyard served the Duke as chamberlain or governor. Chambolle-Musigny adorned the tables of Philippe the Good and Charles the Reckless in their palace in Flanders. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Chambolle vineyard belonged successively to the Oratorian fathers of Dijon, the Grand Prior of Champagne and various other congregations, then to several families of Burgundy nobility.

As to Les Chardannes, it no doubt used to be a bed of thistles (chardons). Les Condemennes was an ancient feudal plot cultivated by tenant farmers. The name of Les Véroilles simply means a slight depression or valley.


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