More open and immediate than the Bourgogne, gourmand rich flavours of ripe mulberry, spice and sweet damson fruit. Uncomplicated but
charming, solid enough and very easy to like.
The Domaine Barthod-Noellat was founded when Gaston Barthod, whose family originated in the Jura, married into the Noellat family. He took over the direction of the Domaine after finishing his military service in the 1950s. Then in the 1980s his daughter, Ghislaine, served her apprenticeship under him and by the early nineties was making the wine. Ghislaine has made this a benchmark for Chambolle growers and lovers alike. Terroir and grape variety are respected in the winemaking process, vineyard work is hard, intervention minimal and new oak kept to an average of 30%. Her outstanding plots of old vines in Les Fuées and Les Charmes produce wines that typify the elegance and sophistication of Chambolle. The Véroilles however is possibly the more interesting cuvée, if less renowned. It is one of the highest Chambolle vineyards and is situated next to Bonnes Mares and duly reflects the style of its Grand Cru neighbour. Here, charm is aligned to a vibrant acidity and grainy tannins giving a firm grip and sound framework to its ripe fruit.
A village and appellation in the Côte de Nuits, whose red wines are some of the most seductive in Burgundy offering a delicate balance between Vosne elegance and Gevrey-Chambertin power. There are two Grand Cru vineyards in the commune, the majority part of Bonnes Mares and the whole of Musigny. Next door to Musigny is one of Chambolle's most famous Premier Cru vineyards, Les Amoreuses, whose wines offer a combination of power, elegance and richness, less austere or intense than Musigny but very good nonetheless. The next most sought-after would be Charmes, that produces very opulent, ripe, seductive wines. The Premier Crus largely fall into two groups: The higher vineyards such as Veroilles, Cras and Fuees - these wines are usually the most ethereal, structured, high-toned and have the best acidities, they age extremely well; and the lower-lying vineyards beneath or adjacent to the Village which include Les Charmes, Beaux Bruns and Baudes, here the wines are richer, warmer and more generous in their youth than the higher vineyards but often without the same lift and definition. Chambolle is smaller than Gevrey or Vosne, so the "villages" wines, which can be very good value, are not always easy to find. The pre-eminent producers are: Mugnier, Barthod, Roumier, Comte de Vogue and Groffier.