Type
Red Wine

Marchand-Tawse Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 'Les Fuees' 2018

Appellation
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru
Region
Côte de Nuits
Vintage
2018
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SKU: EMAR35R-18
Overview

Pure and pretty, floral, violets and plummy.  Lush, dense and mineral.  Fine, lacy, deep and lingering.

Producer

MARCHARD-TAWSE

The collaboration of Pascal Marchand with another Canadian, Moray Tawse of the Tawse Winery in Niagara, one of Canada's most recognized wineries, gave birth to the new Maison Marchand-Tawse in 2011. And at last Pascal Marchand has all the pieces of the puzzle lined up. This promises to be an extraordinary adventure!

Vintage

BURGUNDY 2018 VINTAGE

There has been talk over the past year of the 2018 vintage in Burgundy being one of the greatest of all time.  Comparisons with the mythical 1947, and all that.  But let’s be careful and take a closer look.

We’ve tasted some marvelous wines, both white and red, and from all of the appellation levels.  Purity and concentration would be the key words across the board.

But lest we forget, 2018 was the hottest vintage in Burgundy since 2003.  And frankly, we were expecting wines like we got in 2003: flabby whites and Cote du Rhone-like reds.  But that did not happen.  And the secret to understanding 2018 Burgundy lies in understanding the difference between these two very hot years.

If you look at 2018 from start to finish, not only was it hot, it was dry: 50% less precipitation than the annual average over the past 30 years. However, if you were here in the early part of the year, you’ll certainly remember the rain. ​

After a very dry summer in 2017, winter 2017-18 was wet. It rained nearly every day through March and into April.  And the vine was slow to bud.

That all changed in the middle of April. Wet soil and higher temperatures brought on explosive growth in the vineyards that the vignerons had a tough time keeping up with.  In a week we went from bud burst to unfurled leaves.

The first flowers burst in mid-May. The crop set regularly with very little disruption, and summer settled in. The early wet conditions followed by April’s warmth saw the onset of mildew, but the fungus never stood a chance.

It was a hot and sunny summer. Some would say it was a heat wave and a drought. And we started to see signs of stress in vineyards in certain sectors. Things were better where there was a little rain.  But August was bone dry. In fact, there was no rain from June 15th to the end of October.

It was about this time that comparisons to 2015 cropped up. You could see ripeness rapidly approaching, and there was talk of harvest starting at the end of August.

The vines were incredibly healthy; no moisture means no threat from mildew or odium. No rot.  Good ripeness.  ​

And, for the first time since 2009….a normal yield! So, let the harvest begin!

And it did, in the last days of August.  What was most astonishing right from the start was that the perceived acidity levels seem OK.  Granted, there’s no malic acid, but the levels of tartaric acid seem to be compensating, and there is an over-all impression of balance. 

Also amazing was the amount of juice the crop produced.  Not only was the yield bigger than the past 10 years’ average, but the amount of juice set a record for Burgundy.  So there will be a lot of 2018 around.

And all this in a year that felt more like the south of Spain than Burgundy as we know it.  The only thing we can attribute the quality of 2018 to is the abundant winter rains, and the vine’s ability to go searching for water when it needs it.

Appellation

CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY

COTES DE NUITS

Chambolle-Musigny is a tiny village, and is likely to remain so. Expansion would mean encroaching on some of the best vineyard land in the world. With two superb Grands Crus, Bonnes Mares (which links Chambolle to Morey-Saint-Denis), and Musigny, which overlooks the Clos de Vougeot, the village also has several prestigious premier cru, notably among them Les Amoureuses. Its AOC dates from September 1936, making it one of the first French vineyards to be designated.

Produced in the commune of Chambolle-Musigny, the appellation Chambolle-Musigny includes 24 premiers crus as well as two Grands Crus: Musigny and Bonnes Mares.

Wine

Chambolle-Musigny is Pinot Noir par excellence, and is often regarded as the most elegant wine of the Côte de Nuits. Its intensity is subtle. It tends to be bright ruby and may darken a little over time. Its violet bouquet is one of the most easily recognizable in Burgundy. With aging it tends towards spiced ripe fruits and truffle, underbrush and animal notes. Rich and complex, it is silky and lacy on the one hand, and solid and structured on the other.

Terroirs

The slope faces east at altitudes of 250-300 meters with only a shallow covering of soil overlying the parent rock, but fissures in the hard Jurassic limestone allow the roots to seek dig deep into the complex sub-soil. Gravel in the valley bottom ensures good drainage.

Color

Red wines exclusively - Pinot Noir

Production surface area

1 hectare (ha) = 2.4 acres

152.23 ha (including 56.23 ha premier cru)

Food

With a personality that is both powerful and delicate, the wines of Chambolle call for sophisticated cuisine. Feathered game in sauce, roasted lamb or a free-range capon. Roast veal's subtle texture would work too. Cheeses should be mild : Brillat-Savarin, Reblochon, Cîteaux, Vacherin, Brie de Meaux or Chaource.

Appellations

The following climats are classified as premier cru:

Aux Beaux Bruns

Aux Combottes

Aux Echanges

Derrière la Grange

La Combe d'Orveau

Les Amoureuses

Les Baudes

Les Borniques

Les Carrières

Les Chabiots

Les Charmes

Les Chatelots

Les Combottes

Les Cras

Les Feusselottes (ou « Les Feusselotes »)

Les Fuées

Les Groseilles

Les Gruenchers

Les Hauts Doix

Les Lavrottes

Les Noirots

Les Plantes

Les Sentiers

Les Véroilles

The following climats are village wines from a single vineyard known as a lieu-dit:

Aux Croix

Derrière le Four

La Combe d'Orveau

La Taupev

Le Village

Les Argillières

Les Athets

Les Babillères

Les Barottes

Les Bas Doix

Les Bussières

Les Chardannes

Les clos

Les Clos de l'Orme

Les Condemennes

Les Cras

Les Creux Baissants

Les Danguerrins

Les Drazey

Les Echezeaux

Les Fouchères

Les Fremières

Les Gamaires

Les Guérippes

Les Herbues

Les Jutruots

Les Mal Carrées

Les Maladières

Les Mombies

Les Nazoires

Les Pas de Chat

Les Porlottes

Les Sordes

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