Domaine Patrice Rion Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras
Vineyard placement and geology: Situated halfway up the hill and facing full east, the parcel is particularly well-placed for a Village wine. The shallow clay soil contains a significant amount of crushed limestone.
Vine age: 35 years on average
Yield and production: 30-35 hl/ha for an average annual production of 2400 bottles
Hand-harvested and scrupulously sorted, the wine is fermented in open stainless steel tanks for around three weeks, then matured in oak barrels, with about 50% new oak, for 18 months.
To the eye: the wine is a deep color with flashes of sparkle.
On the nose: small red fruits dominate, particularly redcurrants, followed by more complex aromas of white pepper and a sense of freshness.
On the palate: the wine is quite chewy for a Village-level appellation. It starts straight and tense in the mouth, with its minerality helping to draw out the finish to an impressive length.
Its open profile allows this wine to go well with most meats, but particularly well with feathered game such as duck, pheasant and quail.
Serve at around 16C-17C. Will age well for 5-15 years