Domaine Changarnier

The Domaine Changarnier is a wine-growing estate which spreads across roughly 17 acres, with vines in Monthélie, Meursault and Auxey-Duresses, not far from Beaune. Descended from a long line of wine-growers, brothers Antoine and Claude Changarnier decided in 2004 to take over the family estate in Monthélie, where their family has been living for centuries. Today, they produce about 40,000 bottles a year under various appellations, including a Grand Cru and several Premiers Cru.

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Distributed more or less evenly between the production of white wines and that of red wines, the vineyards of Domaine Changarnier are cultivated according to principles of ecological balance, in terms of the quality of the soils as well as that of the vines themselves. Each lot is cultivated in a specific manner in order to obtain the fullest expression of the local character, and vinification is carried out following traditional methods, though not without the use of some modern equipment, such as the pneumatic press or the integrated temperature control system.

Some of the wines have already acquired a very good reputation, and the Monthélie 1er Cru Meix-Bataille 2005, for instance, was awarded Two Stars and ‘Coup de Cœur’ status in the Guide Hachette 2009.