Micro. It’s easy to forget just how small the scale of winemaking is in Burgundy. The entire town of Chambolle-Musigny, for instance, has a population of 320 and covers about 430 acres, less than a square mile. But the wines from this tiny town have been highly sought after since the 15th century.
Just outside the town’s most famous vineyard “Le Musigny,” Michel Gros cultivates a small collection of village-level vines. From this plot and three other smaller parcels, Gros crafts what may be the silkiest wine in his lineup: the village-level Chambolle-Musigny.
Superstar. A few years ago Clive Coates MW named the Domaine Michel Gros in the top 17 domaines in all of Burgundy — a list that included Romanée-Conti, Leroy, and Comtes Lafon — highlighting the “nobility and elegance” of his wines. Many readers picked up his entry level Bourgogne and Hautes-Côtes de Nuits last month, which are affordable, everyday looks at the domaine’s style. The Chambolle is classic Gros — beautiful balance and exceptional elegance.
Gros’s 2011 Chambolle is starting to drink beautifully these days. Allen Meadows called the 2011 “highly refined” and “utterly delicious;” we suggest decanting for an hour before serving. The wine shows intense wild cherry aromas, with notes of earth and smoke; the mouth is long and elegant, showing silky tannins and enormous depth.
Gros is a master craftsman, and his wines remind us of why this tiny region’s reputation is so well deserved.
MICHEL GROS Chambolle-Musigny 2011
Ansonia Retail: $72
case, half-case: $64/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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