Chambolle-Musigny

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Chambolle-Musigny, village and appellation of particular charm in the Côte de Nuits district of Burgundy producing red wines from Pinot Noir grapes. A fine Chambolle-Musigny has a rich, velvety elegance which rivals the finesse of Vosne-Romanée or the power of Gevrey-Chambertin. There are two grand cru vineyards, Le Musigny and Bonnes Mares (in part), and some exceptional premiers crus worthy of promotion.

Le Musigny ranks with Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Chambertin, and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze as one of the pinnacles of great burgundy (see domaine de la romanée-conti, vosne-romanée, and gevrey-chambertin for details of these). The vineyard lies between the scrubland at the top of the slope and the upper part of clos de vougeot, on a slope of 8 to 10% which drains particularly well through the oolitic limestone. The soil is more chalk than clay, covered by a fine silt, a combination which leads to the exceptional grace and power of Le Musigny, an iron fist in a velvet glove.