Style - red fruit, fragrant, pretty, subtle, understated.
Chambolle Musigny is at the heart of the Côte de Nuits between Morey St Denis and Vougeot. It produces wines of great elegance and charm that tend to be a little less tannic than Gevrey Chambertin but with a great concentration of fruit and silky smooth tannins. There is more chalk than clay in the soil, and a very thin layer of topsoil so vine roots penetrate deep within the rock below. Slopes face east at an altitude of 250-300 metres. There are less than twenty producers in the village and quite a close knit, friendly spirit amongst growers.
In terms of wine production, Chambolle is slightly larger than Morey St Denis with under 200 hectares under vine -94 hectares of village Chambolle Musigny and 61 hectares of premier cru over 24 different vineyards. Amoureuses is seen as the best premier cru - the wines often commanding similar prices to grand cru - with Charmes coming a close second. There are 24 hectares of Grand Cru over two appellations - Bonnes Mares and Le Musigny. Le Musigny is one of the top vineyards in the whole of Burgundy producing ethereal wines with effortless intensity. It overlooks Clos de Vougeot and is the only grand cru vineyard in the Côte de Nuits that can also produce a white wine, although it makes up less than 10% of production. Bonnes Mares is rich and fleshy with clearly defined structure and is shared with Morey St Denis, although more lies in the territory of Chambolle.