2012 Domaine Cecile Tremblay Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Feusselottes"

SKU #1326026 92-94 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chambolle-Musigny Les Feusselottes is gorgeous in this vintage. Bright floral notes and sweet spices meld into a core of expressive dark red fruit in a racy, sumptuous wine loaded with class and personality. Clean saline notes give the wine its energy and drive. With time in the glass, the Feusselottes turns explosive as the flavors seem to open up with gorgeous purity and class. Cecile Tremblay used 70% whole clusters here. I can't wait to taste the 2012 from bottle. This is a fabulous showing. (AG)  (1/2014)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A beautifully layered nose of black raspberry, cassis, spice and floral scents introduces detailed and energetic middle weight flavors. There is a super fine grain to the shaping tannins that accentuate the sense of refinement and the intensely mineral-driven, balanced and lingering finish. This too is excellent. *Outstanding*  (1/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes from Cecile Tremblay has a lot of reduction on the nose, rather animally and meaty although there remains fine delineation and focus. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and good acidity. There is still some reduction but there is a good wine underneath here. It sits comfortably between rusticity and modernism, but it will need time to shake off that reduction. (NM)  (10/2015)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Healthy medium red. Very ripe aromas of wild strawberry, mocha and coffee complicated by smoky earth tones. Intense red berry confiture flavors show impressive energy for the year, no doubt due in part to the 70% whole-cluster fermentation. Finishes with a saline nuance and ripe, chewy tannins. (ST)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 70% whole bunch. 50% new oak. Very deep purple. Very piercing, concentrated and lively on the nose. Makes quite an impression! Juicy and polished. Masses of hedonistic fruit. Lots of pleasure and black-fruit characters. Almost, but not quite, overripe on the nose. (JR)  (12/2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.