Chambolle-Musigny

Chambolle-Musigny is a little village of the Côte De Nuits, formerly an adjunct of the Abbey of Cîteaux, that is unwilling to expand since to do so would mean encroaching on its precious vineyard land (although it has given space to a lime tree with a girth of 5 metres!).

Two superb grands crus are grown here: Bonnes-Mares, which links its vineyards to those of Morey-Saint-Denis, and Musigny which overlooks the Clos De Vougeot. The village also boasts among its fine wines a prestigious premier cru, Les Amoureuses. Its AOC dates from September 1936, making it one of the first French vineyards to be thus designated.

Chambolle-Musigny's slope faces east at altitudes of 250-300 metres with only a shallow covering of soil overlying the parent rock, but fissures in the hard Jurassic limestone allow the roots of the vines to seek nourishment deep within the sub-soil. Boulders and gravels in the valley bottom ensure good drainage.

Chambolle-Musigny is a red wine, often regarded as the most “feminine” wine of the Côte De Nuits; its personality demands sophisticated dishes like feathered game, roasted lamb or a free range capon.
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