domaine originates in the 1920s with Marcel Noëllat whose daughter married Gaston Barthod, a soldier stationed in Dijon who came to buy some wine and got the girl as well. He gave up military life for the vineyards in 1960. His daughter, Ghislaine, and her partner Louis Boillot
bought their current premises overlooking 1er cru Les Feusselottes in 1986. Though they share the team who work the vineyards for both of them, the vinification and commercial aspects of their businesses are kept completely separate. Ghislaine's father Gaston
died in 1999, yet effectively Ghislaine had been making the wine for the last decade or so.
The grapes are destalked, allowed a brief cool soak, then fermented with more punching down than pumping over. Barrel maturation does not rely on new oak, with no more than 30% for the premiers crus. The wines are usually bottled after 18 months, after one racking.
The strength of the domaine is the range of Chambolle
wines, with eight separate premier cru bottlings. While each wine displays the idiosyncracies of its particular terroir, the overall effect of tasting at the domaine is to come away with a palate coated in sensual Chambolle fruit. There is an adorable Bourgogne Rouge
as well, from the Bons Bâtons vineyard across the main road. Ghislaine Barthod's wines are always supremely elegant and harmonious and display admirable concentration and length. The best examples can age gracefully for up to twenty years.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Chatelots 0.28
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Beaux Bruns 0.72
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Combottes 0.12
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Baudes 0.22
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Charmes 0.26
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Cras 0.86
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Fuées 0.25
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Veroilles 0.37
Chambolle Musigny 1.75
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Beaux Bruns
There are two plots of old vines in this relatively flat vineyard which produces a supple, charming, reasonably full-bodied Chambolle, a harmonious mix of red and black fruit.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Cras
A favourite vineyard in the Barthod line up. Taut, mineral, intense cherry fruit, griottes
in a normal year, morello in a very ripe one. Ghislaine’s Les Cras is built to last.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Véroilles
Ghislaine Barthod owns the whole of the sector of Véroilles which was promoted to 1er cru in 1987. This vineyard shares the hillside characteristic of Les Cras, beautifully perfumed against a fresh mineral backdrop.