Ghislaine Barthod is one of my personal favourite producers in all of France and a particular highlight in Burgundy for her virtuosic ability to express terroir and very reasonable pricing (though very difficult to find).
While 2013 has been getting uneven press, the best producers have made exceptional wines, driven by terroir and aromatics. Barthod’s 2013’s are stunning. I tasted them first a couple years ago at the domaine in cask. Now, in bottle, they are even better. This basic Bourgogne, sourced from Chambolle fruit in the lieu-dit “Bons Batons” is fresh, juicy, structured, high in acids, but balanced and very fruity. These qualities make it delicious and chuggable but also serious and age-worthy. It reminds me of top Beaujolais crus in some ways, but with the refinement and elegance of Chambolle. It’s a very fair price and more proof that Barthod is one of the world’s best winemakers.
Excellent and Highly Recommended Value
$45 + tax at Marquis Wine Cellars
~$30 USD in the US