PhilosophyThe mystery of the climats: The Les Cherbaudes Premier Cru magnificently illustrates the magic of Burgundy’s climats. This little known wine that is available in limited quantities owes its balance to the depth of its soils, which is rather unique in this area. Tradition has it that in medieval times this was the site of a cemetery. But rest assured, there is no trace of it remaining today…
TerroirNiched in a small depression, beneath the Mazis-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru climats, on a very gentle east-facing slope, Les Cherbaudes features deep red soils with few stones that retain a certain amount of moisture, thus ensuring even ripening of the grapes. Year after year this plot produces magnificently well-balanced elegant wines that boast remarkable depth.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and meticulously sorted so as to keep only the highest quality fruit. The bunches of grapes were destemmed and transferred to tanks, where vinification began under the influence of indigenous yeasts and lasted 20 days, punctuated by daily punch-downs to enhance the wine’s colour and tannins. Barrel ageing lasted 18 months: the first 6 months in a one-year-old barrel followed by 12 months in two other barrels – one new and one that had been used twice before. The selected barrels were crafted from oak sourced from Burgundy’s Cîteaux forest.
Tasting notesGorgeous dark red in colour. Beautiful, open, expressive nose redolent of fruit aromas (black cherry, red berry jelly, raspberry liqueur), floral (violet) and spicy (cinnamon, cumin, thyme) scents along with woody notes (light tobacco, cedar, peat). There are also more mineral notes of wet limestone pebbles and flint. Starts off round on the palate with an impression of sucrosity. Remarkable precision with flavours of blue fruit, cherry and chocolate. This is a very elegant wine that finishes on a note of pleasing acidity complemented by fine tannins.