“In the opinion of many, this commune produces the most delicate wines of the Côte de Nuits”. So wrote Dr Jules Lavalle about the Chambolle-Musigny communue in his History of the Statistics of the Vineyards and Great Wines of the Côte d’Or, published in 1855. With 24 Premier Cru climats and two Grand Crus, this tiny – just 16 hectares – and picturesque Côte de Nuits appellation is home to our delectable Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. Located on the south side of Clos de Tart, and forming a rectangle between the hillsides of Morey-Saint-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny, the shallow, gravelly, subsoil allows the roots to find nourishment in the Jurassic marl-infused limestone. The most feminine Pinot Noir of the Côte de Nuits – the mirror image of Volnay in the Côte de Beaune – the Pinot Noir grapes of Chambolle-Musigny create intense, delicate and fleshy wines, with aromas of predominantly raspberry and strawberry, for younger wines, with spicy red fruits running to the foreground with aging. If you’re lucky enough to own a bottle or two of our Bonne-Mares Grand Cru you should ideally serve at 12℃ to 14℃. With a bit of age attached to it, serve it a bit warmer, at 14℃ to 16℃.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
One deep intake of this Bonnes-Mares 2013 will have your appetite whetted. Punchy aromas of violets, humus undergrowth and sweet red fruits arrive first, with a meaty, fleshy, mouth-filling texture moving in as back-up on the palate, showing off the wine’s clearly defined structure and full-bodiedness. These rich, deep, flavors will stick to your tongue long after the wine has gone. The finish is lustful, long and lingering, complemeting the aging quality of this revered grand cru. Pick a time between 30 and 50 years, and this wine will just be hitting its stride.
After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.
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