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Oldest wine company in Burgundy? You might immediately think of names such Louis Jadot, Bouchard et Flis, Joseph Drouhin and Faiveley but it’s in fact Maison Champy, who were founded in 1720.
Maison Champy – 1720
Bouchard et Fils – 1731
Louis Jadot – 1859
Joseph Drouhin – 1880
Faiveley – 1919
Of course there are Domaines and wine families that pre-date this, such as Comte de Vogue family who have 500 years of recorded history or the Leflaive’s in Puligny who’s records date from 1717 but as a company that owns both vineyards and purchases fruit from growers Maison Champy was the first.
Maison Champy are also noted for being the ‘birthplace of pasteurisation’, supporting Louis Pasteur in his experiments which took place in their wine cellars in Beaune in the 1860’s. Currently it’s in the careful hands of winemaker Dimitri Bazas and vineyard manager Francis Simon, a combined total of just under 50 experience experience managing Maison Champy’s wines and vineyards.
Uniquely compared to most Burgundy house’s 100% of Maison Champy’s wines are still aged in their historic cellar in Beaune which was built in the 15th century. They are also part of the French living Heritage certification due to their long lineage and historic cellar alongside the likes of Louis Roederer, Bollinger, Pol Roger, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte and iconic French brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton & Guerlain.
Currently Maison Champy own 21 hectares in the Cote de Beaune, of which 50% is already certified organic. Holdings are centred around Corton Rognet and Corton Charlemagne, Pernand Vergelesses, Volnay, Pommard and Bourgogne Rouge.