Domaine Changarnier Monthelie 1°cru Meix Bataille 2021
Antoine and Claude Changarnier inherited this century-old domain in 2004 and they engaged Fabrice Groussin as director. Ambition was high and immediately they started the qualitative rebuilding of cellar and vineyards. The domain owns just under 5ha of vineyards mainly in Monthelie with some plots in Auxey-Duresses, Meursault and Pommard. The estate is certified organic, all wines mature for 12 months in wooden barrels, 15-20% of which are new, and several more months in cuve. Before bottling, the wines are not clarified and barely filtered. The wines have already recently received very nice reviews in Bourgogne Aujourd’hui and this year also top scores in Wine Enthousiast.
We found the wines very expressive, always beautifully defined and with that shimmering energy we are always looking for.
The barely 19 acres in this premier cru give the most powerful Monthelie with dark fruit notes and eau de vie de cerises, roundness and structure in this really quite beautiful wine.
Inside Burgundy: “This is an impressive domaine which is continuing to invest so as to improve further. They are adding further vineyards in Monthelie and Pommard, with additional winery and cellar space. They have been certified organic since 2019 with some biodynamic practices in place.“
“One new barrel in 3.5, so a little more wood (from Chassin) and typically a more massive style of Monthelie. A full purple colour with quite a punchy powerful bouquet, less natural class than Les Clous for me. Then freshens up well behind, some fresh strawberry notes and a little temporary lactic note from the oak. This also needs time, and grows on me.” 90/100 ****