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SommSelect: Domaine Gérard Raphet, Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussières Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy, France 2013 - SommSelect

$64

Buy 2 and we‘ll include shipping.*


Domaine Gérard Raphet, Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussières Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy, France 2013


Chambolle-Musigny has historically produced the most elegant and delicate Pinot Noir in all of the Côte de Nuits—the region in Burgundy considered by many as the pinnacle of this varietal. On the north side of Chambolle-Musigny, about 100 meters below the Grand Cru of Bonnes Mares, lies the lieu-dit of “Les Bussières.” Among Domaine Gérard Raphet’s delicious and approachable 2013’s—this wine was a showstopper—and the price to quality is something you don’t often find in wines from this region (village-level wines often creep above $100 a bottle). If you are looking to add some amazing Red Burgundy to your cellar, this wine should not be passed up, especially at this price. Due to the scarcity of this wine, we must limit purchases to 6 bottles per customer.


Domaine Gérard Raphet produces wines from the Bourgogne all the way up to Grand Cru. Gérard Raphet, who took over the Domaine from his father in 2002, manually works his vines which are located mostly in the Côte de Nuits. He farms his vineyards with an approach known as “lutte raisonnée,” which literally translates to ‘the reasoned struggle.’ This method of farming implies using only organic products in the vineyards, unless under extreme circumstances for difficult vintages. With this in mind, Gérard and his team use traditional cultivation methods and harvest only by hand. The grapes undergo strict sorting before fermentation with natural yeasts, and then the wines are put in French barrels, roughly 15%-25% new oak, for between twelve to eighteen months depending on the wine. This particular wine is from Les Bussières, a village classified lieu-dit touching the Premier Cru Les Sentiers which runs into the famous Grand Cru Bonnes Mares above. If you look at a map you will notice these run along the border of the Morey Saint Denis appellation. Here the soils have a bit more clay lending a touch more body and structure to the wine, akin to the style of Morey, but the wine still has the soul of Chambolle.

The 2013 Les Bussières has a dark ruby red core that moves to pink and garnet reflections on the rim. The nose reveals elegant yet concentrated aromas of black cherry, fresh wild flowers, black tea, mushrooms, forest floor and wet rocks. The palate is soft in texture yet still firm with structured tannins and intense mineral components which will quickly soften and integrate within a few years in the cellar. This is a very young wine which should be aged. I had a bottle a few weeks ago and I enjoyed every sip, but as with any good village level Red Burgundy the wines true potential will not be seen until the wine reaches 5-10+ years of age, probably at its best around 2020, 2025 if kept perfectly. If deciding to drink a bottle now, decant for 2 hours and serve into large Burgundy stems, just above cellar temperature, alongside a traditional dish from Burgundy. If I were enjoying a bottle of this with friends I would keep it simple with a dish that has plenty of fat, the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe is ideal. There is a reason this is on just about every small restaurant’s menu in Burgundy, because it is perfect with Pinot Noir.
Domaine Gérard Raphet produces wines from the Bourgogne all the way up to Grand Cru. Gérard Raphet, who took over the Domaine from his father in 2002, manually works his vines which are located mostly in the Côte de Nuits. He farms his vineyards with an approach known as “lutte raisonnée,” which literally translates to ‘the reasoned struggle.’ This method of farming implies using only organic products in the vineyards, unless under extreme circumstances for difficult vintages. With this in mind, Gérard and his team use traditional cultivation methods and harvest only by hand. The grapes undergo strict sorting before fermentation with natural yeasts, and then the wines are put in French barrels, roughly 15%-25% new oak, for between twelve to eighteen months depending on the wine. This particular wine is from Les Bussières, a village classified lieu-dit touching the Premier Cru Les Sentiers which runs into the famous Grand Cru Bonnes Mares above. If you look at a map you will notice these run along the border of the Morey Saint Denis appellation. Here the soils have a bit more clay lending a touch more body and structure to the wine, akin to the style of Morey, but the wine still has the soul of Chambolle.

The 2013 Les Bussières has a dark ruby red core that moves to pink and garnet reflections on the rim. The nose reveals elegant yet concentrated aromas of black cherry, fresh wild flowers, black tea, mushrooms, forest floor and wet rocks. The palate is soft in texture yet still firm with structured tannins and intense mineral components which will quickly soften and integrate within a few years in the cellar. This is a very young wine which should be aged. I had a bottle a few weeks ago and I enjoyed every sip, but as with any good village level Red Burgundy the wines true potential will not be seen until the wine reaches 5-10+ years of age, probably at its best around 2020, 2025 if kept perfectly. If deciding to drink a bottle now, decant for 2 hours and serve into large Burgundy stems, just above cellar temperature, alongside a traditional dish from Burgundy. If I were enjoying a bottle of this with friends I would keep it simple with a dish that has plenty of fat, the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe is ideal. There is a reason this is on just about every small restaurant’s menu in Burgundy, because it is perfect with Pinot Noir.





Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Chambolle-Musigny
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak 25% New French
Soil Limestone and Clay
Farming Lutte Raisonée
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Chambolle-Musigny
Varietal Pinot Noir
Production n/a
Alcohol 13%
Oak 25% New French
Soil Limestone and Clay
Farming Lutte Raisonée
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$64

Buy 2 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“Among Domaine Gérard Raphet’s delicious and approachable 2013’s—this wine is a showstopper.”

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