Updated: Mar 10
This nectar comes from 50 years old vine planted in the calcareous limestone subsoil of Chambolle-Musigny, in the Côte de Nuits, northern part of Côte d’Or. The grapes are manually harvested and 80% of them are destemmed! After the fermentation with indigenous yeasts, the wine is kept for 16% in oak barrels (20% new oak). Santé!
In the glass the wine has a lively ruby colour. The intensity is a medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
At the nose, the wine is incredibly elegant, with floral fragrances of violet and rose. The wild red fruits are fresh and crunchy. I can distinguish the raspberry and a ripe strawberry. There is also a balsamic note remembering the eucalyptus. But the fruits dominate the aromatic bouquet. As secondary, we find the vanilla, a glimmer of cloves and a fine cedar. The tertiaries a quite feeble, with a dried cranberry, a light note of farmyard especially at the beginning and noble leather.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). The flavour intensity is medium plus. The red fruit is still the predominant flavour; even though it now remembers the alcohol preserved one. The spectrum of secondaries is wider and it includes the charred wood and the liquorice. The flavour intensity is medium plus and the lasting is long.
Without any doubt this wine is well made. It has an amazing perfume, and it is pure silky on the palate. The only drawback is its lack of complexity, due to its young age. But if you like nectars with a womanly grace, then this Chambolle Musigny 2017 is the right choice. It is perfect by its own, and it is not too bad to wash down a venison fillet.