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Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru

Chapelle-Chambertin is a grand cru vineyard and corresponding appellation of the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. The vineyard site is located on the lower slopes of Gevrey-Chambertin's grand cru belt, immediately below the commune's most prestigious climat, Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze.

All of Gevrey-Chambertin's grand cru sites are located adjacent to the original Chambertin lieu-dit – the condition of grand cru status when the vines were classified in the 1930s. In the case of Chapelle-Chambertin, this most prestigious climat is located immediately to the west, in the form of Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze.

The Chapelle-Chambertin appellation was created in July 1937, along with its eight grand cru neighbours. The site's 13.5 acres (5.5ha) of vines currently produce around 13,500 bottles of wine per year.

The soils of the Chapelle-Chambertin vineyard are well drained and stony with loose, limestone-rich topsoils, forcing the vines to grow deep, strong root systems. Its wines are lighter in colour than those from the Chambertin climats further up the slope, and not as concentrated as those from the small Griotte-Chambertin site immediately to the south.

The regional climate is of continental type, producing relatively hot, dry summers and cool, crisp winters. Particularly in summer, this climate type brings high diurnal temperature variation, which helps to maintain a balance between natural sugars and acidity in the wines.

The Chambertin half of the Chapelle-Chambertin name originally applied only to the lieu-dit that has now become the Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze sites. Such was the prestige of the wines from this ancient vineyard that its name was appended not only to the surrounding vineyards, like Chapelle-Chambertin, but also to that of Gevrey village, resulting in the modern Gevrey-Chambertin form.

On the palate, Chapelle-Chambertin sees power, opulence and elegance unite to make a full and complex body, full of sap and voluptuously textured. Keeping potential is 10 years minimum.

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