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Vallet Frères Chambolle-Musigny 2015 £46.50
VALLET FRÈRES CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY
Founded in 1864 by Pierre Bourée, Vallet Frères is now in the hands of the fourth generation of the family, Bernard and Jean-Christophe Vallet. The family own holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin; the entire monopole vineyard of Clos de la Justice, Premier Cru Beaune Epenottes and Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin. They are also négociants and source the best grapes from growers in other areas, with whom they have worked closely for decades. The Burgundies they produce are complex, fine and authentic examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The family’s wines have been imported to the UK by Boutinot for over 30 years and today, they’re distributed to top independent wine merchants and Michelin-starred restaurants across the country.
Chambolle Musigny is a tiny Côte de Nuits appellation, made up of east facing Pinot Noir vineyards. Here, at an altitude of 250-300m, vines exist on a thin layer of soil atop a Jurassic limestone escarpment, rooting down through the fissures in the rock to the well-drained sub-soils – ideal conditions for the notoriously difficult Pinot Noir. Vineyards and winemaking follows a ‘let nature take its course whist aiding the natural ageing process’ philosophy. Grapes are hand harvested into small containers, carried gently (to avoid crushing) to the cellar in Chambolle-Musigny and hand sorted. Only natural yeasts are used to allow the expression of each individual vineyard. Alcoholic fermentation, which can last between 15 and 20 days, is aided by regular pigeage takes place (the physically gruelling process of manually treading the grapes, at times up to four times a day). Wine is decanted into oak barrels (no press juice is used) and matured at Vallet Frères cellars in Gevrey-Chambertin. After racking and blending, the wine is lightly fined with bentonite. Wines are not filtered but checked by candlelight and then bottled directly from barrel by hand on a cask by cask basis.
With subtle floral and soft red fruit aromas, this Chambolle-Musigny is quite delicate and fine with surprising energy for its age. Said to be one of the more 'feminine' wines of the Côte de Nuits, Chambolle Musigny works well with a slow roasted shoulder of lamb, roasted rose veal and with mild soft cheese such as a Brie de Meaux or Chaouruce.
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