Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Baudes' 2011 (750ml)

Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Baudes' 2011 (750ml)

Another of the Barthod holdings that sits next to Bonnes Mares and is one of the ultimate 1er Crus in this appellation, known for its scintillating complexity. The parcel covers 0.23 hectare and the vines are now at a significant age (about 45 years old) producing a small but intense crop.

Les Baudes is one of the northernmost Premier Cru climats in the Chambolle-Musigny. The vineyard is situated at the base of the Cote d'Or escarpment, underneath the Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru. Les Baudes wines are delicate but firmly structured, with notes of spice and earth. The vineyard is on the edge of where the land goes from Premier Cru to simple villages, but its high-quality soils and slightly raised aspect give it an advantage that makes for a more interesting wine than those from the vineyards below on the flat land. The soil here is composed largely of light, stony marl, with good proportions of limestone. Although Chambolle-Musigny as a whole has lighter soils with lower levels of clay than in the rest of the Cote de Nuits, there is still some clay in Les Baudes, which has given the wines a certain muscularity, certainly more so than in the Premier Cru climats closer to the village.

The Domaine Barthod-Noellat was founded in the late 1920s and obviously is a fusion of the work of two families: Noellat & Barthod. Gaston Barthod, whose family originated in the Jura, married into the Noellat family and took over the direction of the domaine after his military service concluded in the 1950s. We commenced our love affair with this domaine in 1981 when we first began to import its wines into the United States. In many ways, Gaston Barthod served as our mentor in the early stages of our work in Burgundy and we remain deeply grateful for, and respectful of, his sage advice. The joys of "terroir" are no more evident than when tasting in the cellars of this small, but important, estate. Ghislaine, Gaston’s daughter, began an intense apprenticeship with her father in the 1980s. She has brought new vigor and a distinct touch to every area of concern from vineyard management to vinification but always with the profound regard for the purity of pinot noir and the character of the wines of Chambolle. Under her leadership, the reputation of this estate has deservedly grown internationally. The Domaine Ghislaine Barthod is now a standard bearer for the great wines of Chambolle Musigny. Ghislaine Barthod’s holdings cover 5.86 hectares in the commune of Chambolle and in neighboring Gilly-les-Citeaux. The soil of Chambolle is more spare than that of neighboring Morey and Gevrey. Limestone gravel covers the surface and the layer of topsoil is very thin. As a result, the wines of Chambolle are noted for their finesse and delicacy. The average age of the vines on the Barthod estate is over 30 years old. Yields are always modest; a vigorous pruning and occasional "green harvest" are practiced. Ghislaine follows traditional methods of vinification and carefully ages her wines. The grapes are partially destemmed before going into the fermentation vats. Only natural yeasts are used. The more sluggish start encountered when working with wild yeast gives the must a natural period of maceration before fermentation begins. The length varies from 2 to 5 days and is dependent upon temperatures. After fermentation, the wines are racked into small barrels (about 20% to 25% of which are new) and aged for about 20 months. These wines are particularly ageworthy and offer the rare privilege of deeply exploring the terroir of this singular village.

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