DOMAINE GHISLAINE BARTHOD, Chambolle-Musigny
Domaine Barthod-Noellat was founded in the late 1920’s and is a fusion of two family estates: Noellat & Barthod. Gaston Barthod, whose family originated in the Jura, married into the Noellat family and took over the direction of the domaine in the 1950s. Gaston Barthod was a highly respected winegrower, and he had a very good reputation during his 40 years tenure.
The nuances of “terroir” are no more evident than when tasting in the cellars of this tiny, but important, estate.
Ghislaine, Gaston’s daughter, began an intense apprenticeship with her father in the 1980s. She has brought new vigour and a distinct touch to every area of concern from vineyard management to vinification but always with the profound regard for the purity of pinot noir and the character of the wines of Chambolle.
Under her leadership, the reputation of this estate has deservedly grown internationally. Domaine Ghislaine Barthod is now a standard bearer for the wines of Chambolle Musigny.
“Sharing expanded wine-making facilities with her husband, Louis Boillot, Gislaine Barthod continues to render some of the purest, most expressively fruity and consistently excellent as well as age worthy Pinots in Burgundy.” Wine Advocate
“Somewhat dark-coloured, this wine has a dense nose of beautifully ripe blackberries. Medium-to-full-bodied, broad, and rich, its mouth-coating character is packed with candied blueberries, black raspberries, and Asian spices. It possesses an admirably long finish that reveals soft tannins. Projected maturity: 2001-2007. Ghislaine Barthod was “charmed by this vintage, it has purity of fruit, raspberries mostly, and elegance.” She informed me that she had dropped grapes a month or so before the harvest to reduce yields to 42 hectoliters/hectare. Barthod has enlarged her formerly-cramped cellar, and installed an elevator to assist her in making her delicious Chambolles. Since her wines are all produced with the same techniques, including 25% new oak, tasting at this domaine represents a lesson in this village`s terroirs.” Wine Advocate