Domaine Changarnier Monthelie Pierrefitte 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.
Pierrefitte borders Volnay and has a terroir of limestone marl. Old vines of more than 50 years give a powerful wine with aromas of cherries and black cherry, a firm mouthfeel, a with fresh, mineral finish and a solid structure for many years of further development.We find this at premier cru level.
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.“
“15-20% whole bunchvinification, 70 year old vines, on white marl. A darker red in colour, with nutty notes on the nose, one of the first to be picked as ripens very early. Slightly more powerful but also with a more austere backbone. 14.5% shows perhaps in the robust dark velvet fruit. Maybe between two stools but if this knits together with time it could be very enjoyable.” ***