2020 Maison Champy Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

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A positively regal expression of Chardonnay from one of Burgundy's most esteemed sites.

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Burgundy is often lauded as the supreme wine region and, when wines like this are produced, there really is no counter argument. This has got to be one the most beautiful, balanced and expressive Chardonnays we have seen. Ever.

Corton Charlemagne is a Grand Cru in northern Burgundy. This particular site has an average vine age of 40-45 years - old enough to have their own character but young enough to retain a youthful freshness. There is an indescribable joie de vivre throughout this wine, with its delicate array of citrus and stone fruit, chalky minerality and oaky complexity. It's refined and it's beautiful, speaking quietly of its terroir with a mesmerising charm. Truly stunning.

2020 Maison Champy Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

About Maison Champy

Maison Champy was founded in Beaune, 1720. While this doesn't make them the oldest house in Burgundy, it does make them the oldest to use fruit from both estate grown and independent growers. This practice is common in the region today, and Champy was some 300 years ahead of the curve.

In fact, it's almost impossible to separate this grand house from history. In the 1860s, Louis Pasteur conducted his experiments in pasteurisation in their cellars, which date to the 15th Century, and the family are recognised by the French government as Living Heritage, along the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

It should go without saying, then, that their wines are testaments to an enduring family dedication to passion, skill and ambition. Their wines are still hand crafted and aged in their own cellars, making them a true icon not just of French culture, but the of world of wine.

Maison Champy own two different plots in the Grand Cru of Corton Charlemagne totalling 0.5 hectatres within the subsection of En Charlemagne. Average age of vines are 40 to 45 years old. One parcel is East South East and the other South-South West, such is the interesting change in exposition of this Grand Cru as it bends around the hill. Vines will be certified organic from 2023. Wild fermented in barrique, 10 months aging in barrel.

Region: Burgundy, France
Blend: Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 13%
Closure: 750ml
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96 points - "A very serious Corton-Charlemagne with tons of candied citrus and chalky minerality filling out the generous body, the vanilla oak beautifully integrated with fruit and minerals at the long, complete finish. From the western and west-facing side of this site. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." - James Suckling

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