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What is the Chambolle-Musigny appellation?
Chambolle-Musigny is a small commune in the sub-region of the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. It has less than 400 inhabitants but enjoys a widespread and historic reputation for its high quality wines. The village produces almost exclusively red wines from pinot noir. The classic Chambolle-Musigny wine is powerful, refined and fragrant. Along with Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin, the village is renowned for producing some of the best Pinot Noir wines on earth. The fragrance that characterizes the wines has earned Chambolle a reputation as the Volnay of the Côte de Nuits. A tiny amount of white wine is made from about half a hectare of Chardonnay grapes grown in the prestigious Musigny Grand Cru in the south of the appellation. No white wine is made under the village appellation or at the Premier Cru level.
Les Grands Crus and Premiers Crus of Chambolle Musigny
(Le) Musigny is divided into two sections, Les Musigny and Les Petits Musigny, with slightly different soils and slopes. The latter is the home of the Chardonnay plot. However, about 70 percent of the fruit harvested from the two parcels is combined in a single bottle of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.
Bonnes-Mares is the other vineyard of the Grand Cru, located opposite Chambolle-Musigny. It generally produces more structured wines, but less round and fine than those of Musigny. A small parcel of Bonnes-Mares is located in Morey-Saint-Denis. (© Owner content, Wine-Searcher.)
The quality can vary between the premier crus. Les Amoureuses have soils very similar to Musigny and are widely considered to be the best. Les Charmes is also very much appreciated. It is also very similar to Musigny.
The climate in Chambolle-Musigny - as in all the department of the Côte d'Or - is continental. Seasonal and diurnal (day-night) temperature variations allow balanced acids and sugars to be established in the wines.
The village of Chambolle-Musigny is itself situated on the top of the median slope of the Côte d'Or escarpment, at an altitude of about 300 m. Wooded peaks lie to the west. Its vineyards extend immediately on three sides, on the slopes bordering the village. They extend eastwards going towards the AOP areas of Burgundy and southwards to the edge of the neighbouring village of Vougeot. Le Musigny and Les Petits Musigny extend further south-west in a corridor leading to the premier cru La Combe d'Orveau and the border with Flagey-Echézeaux. Morey-Saint-Denis is to the north. The best vineyards of Chambolle-Mussigny lie on the fine, well-drained soils in the middle of the slope.
There are 176 hectares (435 acres) of vines in total. On the whole, 24 vineyards Premier Cru Chambolle-Musigny cover an area of 56 ha. Its two grands crus together cover 24 hectares.
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