Domaine Changarnier Monthelie Blanc 2020
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.
Partially raised on amphora, a floral, shimmering Chardonnay with delicious, briny finish.
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.”
“A pale colour with a very pretty nose. This has been made using 15% new wood from Stockinger and 20% in ‘jars’, both terracotta and earthenware. Floral and saline together, with a fresh nuttiness and some sweetness of fruit on the palate. The salinity comes forward through the oak. Nicely persistent.” ****