Maison Champy was founded in 1720 and is the oldest negociant business still operating in France. In 1990 after nine generations of ownership in the same family, it was purchased by negociant Louis Jadot which stripped most the assets before selling it back to another branch of the family. Until 1995 Champy was a 100% negociant company but the new owners have slowly purchased vineyard plots in Savigny, Volnay, Pommard, Corton, Corton-Charlemagne and Pernard-Vergelesses.
Vineyard holdings amount to just four hectares but in total Champy cultivate 17ha. Wines made from owned vines are labelled Domaine while the others carry the Maison label. From this they vinify 21 crus and produce around 40-45,000 bottles annually. This is only half the volume produced 20 years ago but today they exert more control and the wines are better quality with a purer focus. The wines now taste like Pommard or Volnay rather than Champy, and are produced organically with certification. They have moved to biodynamic production, even with their leased vineyards.
The winemaker is Dimitri Bazas and the range of wines on offer are well-chosen and well priced.
Maison Champy wines:
Volnay Clos de la Chapelle
Beaune Aux Cras