“SOMETHING SPECIAL BREWING HERE”


Our Wines / Thursday, January 12th, 2023

2020 DOMAINE BORIS CHAMPY OFFER

“There is something special brewing here,” wrote Neal Martin of Vinous about Champy’s attention-grabbing namesake domaine. He went on, raving about how Boris’s work with in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune “frankly rewrote everything I thought possible. It is not exaggeration or hyperbole to say that they are equal to many Premier Crus that I tasted.”

Boris Champy’s career was a study in brilliance even before this latest venture. He spent 10 years at the iconic Napa estate Dominus before becoming technical director for Louis Latour. Afterwards he took over estate management of the Côte de Nuits property Clos de Lambrays “one of Burgundy’s oldest and most famous Grand Crus,” according to Vinous.

In 2018, he put a plan into motion to acquire Domaine Montchovet in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, which was the first Burgundy estate to receive Demeter certification—the world’s gold standard in biodynamic farming.

Late January delivery.

2020 Boris Champy Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc Montagne 382 – 92 Robert Parker – 92 Vinous. $53.95 per bottle

The 2020 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc Elévation 382 Montagne is another fine-boned but intensely flavored wine from Champy. Revealing aromas of pear, crisp green apple, freshly baked bread, lemon zest and hazelnuts, it’s medium-bodied, racy and incisive, with a fleshy core of fruit and a long, saline finish.

2020 Boris Champy Hautes Cotes de Beaune Bignon 421 – 92 Vinous. $56.95 per bottle

“The 2020 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Altitude 421 Bignon is living up to its fine showing from barrel, bursting with scents of red berries, plums, cinnamon, raw cocoa and sweet spices. Medium-bodied, lively and ethereal, it’s lively and fine-boned, with melting tannins and a saline finish.”

2020 Boris Champy Hautes Cotes de Beaune Clou 377 – 93 Vinous. $59.95 per bottle

The 2020 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Altitude 377 Clous is deeper and more concentrated, wafting from the glass with aromas of cherries, sweet red berries, cinnamon, cloves and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and velvety, it’s layered and fleshy, with supple tannins and a long, saline finish.

2020 Boris Champy Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias – 93 Robert Parker. $114.95 per bottle

“The 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Coucherias is supple and suave, offering up aromas of sweet red berries, plums, orange rind, rose petals and spices. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant, with lively acids, melting tannins and a long, cinnamon-inflected finish, it has turned out brilliantly.”

2020 Boris Champy Pommard En Boeuf – 93 Vinous. $102.95 per bottle

“The 2020 Pommard En Boeuf unwinds in the glass with aromas of sweet red berries, raw cocoa, plums, cherries and forest floor, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and vibrant palate framed by powdery tannins and concluding with a saline finish. Once again, its precise, ethereal style reflects its location in the combe that runs from Pommard to Nantoux.”