ghislaine barthod 96 chambolle

Update 12.2.2007(11.2.2007)billn

barthod chambolle
I bought a full case of this ‘en-primeur’ – frankly almost every bottle has disappointed due to an excess of sulfur;
Bottle one – undrinkable for 2 days due to strong bottle stink (1999), bottle 2 (2001) undrinkable as the sulfur never lifted – even after 2 days. Bottle 3 (2004) started stinky but slowly improved becoming almost good as did another bottle last year – here’s another try.
1996 Ghislaine Barthod, Chambolle-Musignytry to find this wine...
A soft and spongy cork. The colour is a medium-plus ruby red showing just a faint amber edge. The first note is a hard sulfur note and it takes quite some time to lift, slowly a quite striking violet note over soft red cherry comes through – quite a compelling impression. The palate starts quite short, but lengthens in tandem with the improvement in the nose. The tannin is still quite astringent and the overall impression is still a little harsh. The acidity is good and the nose eventually shines but this wine remains the Curate’s egg. If you want to drink now, decant or open a couple of hours before pouring.
Rebuy – No
I’ll give the 1999 a run for its money this week to see if I can say something nice about a Barthod – everyone else thinks they’re great!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “ghislaine barthod 96 chambolle”

  1. BrooklynGuy12th February 2007 at 5:35 amPermalinkReply

    Not me, for whatever that’s worth. I’ve tasted a couple bottles, most recently the 2000 Chambolle Les Cras, and I was underwhelmed.

  2. Mark Palmer12th February 2007 at 11:15 amPermalinkReply


    I thought that you were quite a fan of the 99 Bourgogne Rouge?

  3. bill nanson12th February 2007 at 1:01 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Mark,
    I am, and hope to continue so given that there are another 8 or 9 bottles in storage – but the domaine has made a name for their Chambolles and my hit rate there is well below 50%…

    Re the 96, I think I was just unlucky enough to get an ‘over-sufured’ lot.

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