I vividly remember Becky Wasserman's 10-year retrospective tasting of the 2002 vintage, held at her home in Burgundy. Top Premier and Grand Cru bottlings filled the tables, but when all was said and done, it was Ghislaine Barthod's wines that held a level of freshness and verve in a world of its own. A high proportion of active limestone separates Chambolle from just about every other village in the Côte d'Or, save for Volnay, resulting in wines with piano string-like tension. Ghislaine's eye for transparency and grace put these at the top of my Burgundy wish list!

A note from William Kelley on Barthod's 2018 lineup: "As I wrote last year, it would be difficult to overstate my admiration for this small, 5.86-hectare domaine, a source of deep and intense but beautifully transparent wines that are invariably strikingly defined by site. [...] These 2018s are marked by the year's sunshine yet remain beautifully elegant and structurally refined, ranging between 13% and 13.6% alcohol. So, readers able to source a few bottles certainly shouldn't hesitate." 

* Tasting notes by William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

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