Domaine Champy, with cellars from the 1400s located in the heart of Beaune, has been producing red and white Burgundy since 1720 making them one of, if not, the oldest merchant-producers still in operation. Serious efforts in recent years have been made to achieve a tighter focus in the range of production (cut drastically from its highest point) and a corresponding increase in quality. A new approach has been adopted in the vineyards and winery over the last five to ten years to move toward organic and biodynamic agriculture, and a more accessible style without sacrificing the wines’ characters or capacity to age. The Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Chorey-Les-Beaune here represent fantastic values in red Burgundy.
This 100% Burgundy Pinot Noir is a bright, fresh example of the 2010 vintage. It is a youthful, easy to drink (and just as easy to like) example of French Pinot Noir, showing all the cherry fruit you’d expect with just enough of an “earthy” element to keep it interesting. This is a Pinot for drinking right now – which is perfect since it’s a great “summer red.”
Chorey-les-Beaune Village 2010
Just north of Beaune in the center of the Cote d’Or lies the village of Chorey (-les-Beaune) near the base of the famous hill of Corton. Chorey, having no Premier or Grand Cru sites despite its proximity to Corton and Corton Charlemagne, manages to fly somewhat under the radar, and is, when the quality is as high as it is here, an excellent value in “village-level” Burgundy.