Bordering the 1er Cru les Charmes, this sits on a gentle, well drained slope, as it is made up of a thick layer of limestone scree from the Chambolle valley. It’s a dry and mean patch of land that yields a ripe but sturdy and gripping red. Quite a difference against the 40 Ouvrees, this is more dense, chunky, black spiced and with black cherry, bilberry and acai fruit. It’s what they used to call ‘masculine’, muscle and it’s certainly more age worthy. 2026 to 2032.
Producer Information: Philippe Cheron
Philippe Cheron lost his long time management role at Domaine Belland following the sale of the business. He must have been chuffed to learn that his grandfather, Paul Misset, purchased
vineyard land in Clos Vougeot, Vosne Romanee and Chambolle Musigny in the 1930s and 1950s and the leases had finally expired. There are 1.4 hectares in Clos Vougeot, split 50/50 between
the high and low part; a stunning lieu dit above Richebourg in Vosne and 12 tiny parcels in Chambolle. With gentle handling, only a little de-stemming, cool settling and no fining and rarely
any filtration, Philippe is going for a simple and natural style. It’s wonderful to watch the development of a grower so determined to express wonderful fruit. He is now fully organic.
This is the seventh vintage of our journey with Philippe and it seems the project is moving into a new orbit. Pleased to report that the 2013 Chambolles are tasting beautifully 8 years later and that bodes well for the first class examples here.