Smoke, meat, red fruit. Dry tannins and ripe fruit – wonderful balance of the two. Violets, tangy acid, bright finish. RH www.jancisrobinson.com
The commune of Chambolle Musigny lies just north of Vougeot and south of Morey-Saint-Denis on two steep slopes at either end of the commune which rise above the village of Chambolle in the valley between them. Chambolle-Musigny is unique in the Côte de Nuits for the chalky composition of its soils (unlike the clay soils relevant elsewhere). The thin, calcareous layer clings to a hard rocky soil beneath, which stresses the vines and sharply restricts their yield; village and premier cru production is less than 15 hectolitres per hectare, one- third of the legal maximum. But these soils are responsible for Chambolle-Musigny's exceptional delicacy and a character possessed by no other wine of the Côte de Nuits.