Anne et Sebastien Bidault Chambolle-Musigny AOC Les Herbues 2016

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Anne et Sebastien Bidault Chambolle-Musigny AOC Les Herbues 2016
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation/Sub-Region Chambolle-Musigny AOC
Grapes Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Sustainably Grown, Vegan

Nowhere in the wine world has the comparative topography of neighboring villages been debated as heatedly as along the Côte d’Or of Burgundy. How can it be that the vineyards in one village (for example, Gevrey-Chambertin) can produce wines with a markedly robust character, compared with the famously ethereal wines of another village just one stop further down the local train line (in this case, Chambolle-Musigny)? Does the different topological aspect of the respective combes (narrow valleys cutting in perpendicularly to the escarpment) truly explain the difference, or is it more a matter of divergent winemaking styles? In any case, this beautiful pinot noir from Anne and Sébastien Bidault exhibits all of the lift and delicate freshness that Chambolle-Musigny is famous for. Their vineyards in the lieu-dit “Les Herbues,” at the northern end of the village, date to 1921 and produce only about 1500 bottles per year. Sébastien farms sustainably, incorporating some biodynamic principles. The hand-harvested grapes undergo malolactic fermentation and aging (12-15 months) in barrels, of which 30-50% are new, followed by minimal filtering. Floral on the nose, and raspberry for days. Sustainably grown, vegan.