Francois Legros Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Noirots 2019


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“Another success, the 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Noirots is a lovely wine that evokes notions of raspberries, sweet spices, orange rind and rose petals. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and concentrated, with melting tannins and lively acids, it concludes with a long, precise finish. This under-the-radar cuvée is well worth seeking out. Drinking window: 2021-2039. 92+ points

Domaine François Legros comprises fully 57 parcels, up to 50 kilometers apart—a considerable logistical challenge! Yet Legros has cultivated the soils for the last 15 years and works along largely organic lines, excepting only some synthetic anti-mildew treatments in years with elevated disease pressure. Much of the domaine’s Pinot Noir is pruned in cordon, and yields are controlled. Winemaking is simple: a brief cold soak, when punch-downs are employed, followed by three to four weeks’ maceration, with tanks heated to 31 degrees centigrade at the end. After pressing, the young wines are drawn off into barrels from Chassis, Cavin and François Frères, each barrel seeing four liters of lees. The most serious reds see two winters in barrel, with bottling in March. The style here is very classical and charming: no smoke or mirrors, just classic, well-made Burgundy. The insider’s choice is the lovely Vougeot 1er Cru Les Cras, a cuvée well worth seeking out, but everything here comes recommended.”

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (09/21)