For years we’ve searched for a source in Chambolle-Musigny. The town has both a stellar reputation and miniscule size (population 300), and it hasn’t been easy to find a domaine without existing importing relationships. But this spring we finally stumbled upon the Domaine Boursot, a humble family of winemakers right in the heart of Chambolle.
The Boursots began making wine in Chambolle-Musigny in 1550; for centuries, like many Burgundy domaines, they sold their entire production each year to the negociants of Beaune. In 1974 Remy Boursot began bottling on his own, and today it’s his sons Romauld and Romaric making the wines as the 15th generation of Boursots.
We discovered the Boursots in part via a note from Vinous’s Burgundy reviewer Neal Martin, who writes of a “foundation for a promising future,” and describes Boursot’s wines as “superb,” “excellent,” “very fine,” and “worth seeking out.”
We won’t claim Boursot’s Chambolle is in the same league as Mugnier or Roumier. But the family has near-priceless terroir, and the new generation of brothers has big plans and lots of energy. And the wines prove this out: they’re clear, careful, gorgeous expressions of exceptional terroir. And at $69 we think their village is a bargain, particularly next to village-level Chambolles from Mugnier ($160+) and Roumier ($250+).
Boursot’s village level Chambolle-Musigny comes from Nazoires, a plot near the Vougeot border. The nose is unmistakably Chambolle — silky and delicate, with notes of wild cherries, smoke, and violets. The mouth is silky and long, with fruit melting effortlessly into tannins. Burgundy author Bill Nanson called the 2017 “simply a beauty.” This should improve for 4-6 years, but it’s delightful today — several cases walked out of the depot last month when we had it open to taste.
Boursot Chambolle-Musigny 2017
bottle price: $69
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