Ghislaine Barthod

One of the top producers in Chambolle, Ghislaine Barthod has made the most out of her parcels of Premier cru vineyards. She is a great ambassador for the village by highlighting such gems as Aux Beaux Bruns, Les Cras and Les Vérouilles but she is less well-known than other producers because she does not own grand cru vineyards. This vinous pecking order – closely related to price – that comes with owning parcels of the grands crus seems rather antiquated today, leading savvy drinkers to seek out the great premier cru wines rather than paying the stratospheric prices for the grands crus. Ghislaine’s natural beauty and infectious charm seem to show in her wines. They are fresh, pretty and exuberant. Her winemaking is vested in the non-interventionist methods of the past; she picks her grapes at least a couple of weeks earlier than she did in the past and likes her wines to develop slowly, aging the wines in maximum 30% new oak and leaving them on their lees without any batonnage for over a year, believing that the anthocyanins providing the colour and the tannin can break up if not handled gently from the beginning. Although the Barthod wines are charming, there is an undercurrent of tannin and structure: “There is an imprint from the limestone rock on the wines of Chambolle, that lends important acidity to the floral sweetness” she explains. At the risk of sounding outrageously overblown, tasting Ghislaine’s wines is like a country walk through a meadow of wild flowers in Spring; You sense the different perfumes but also appreciate the birdsong and the texture of walking through the long grass.

Ghislaine took over the family domain in 1986 which includes 5,68 hectares of vineyards spread over most of the crus on the eastern side of Chambolle. Today her wines are made as much by her husband Louis Boillot and her son Clément as by Ghislaine; this is a family affair and we are lucky enough to have a smattering of both Ghislaine’s and Louis’s wines while Clément is making a name for himself in Moulin à Vent. Among the parcels of vines that Ghislaine owns are the following appellations where we have small allocations:
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