May 30, 2010
Many of you are going to think this wasn’t a fair comparison, so I will start this post by addressing that issue.
Ghislaine Barthod has been among my favorite wine makers in Burgundy for many years. Her Chambolle-Musigny “Les Charmes” can make me dance. I know I am not alone in this opinion. Ghislaine Barthod owns approximately 6.75ha in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny. Ghislaine took over the wine-making responsibilities from her father Gaston in 1987, and from the 1992 vintage, her name appears on the labels. Ghislaine has since brought down the yields and added a sorting table. There is more temperature control during vinification now, more pigeage (punching down of the cap) and less remontage (pumping over). She now bottles herself rather than contracting out and only fines and filters when absolutely necessary. Her 2005’s are known to be great, even at the Bourgogne Rouge (Village) level. Read the rest of this entry »