Domaine Boris Champy Bignon 421 Burgundy 2020
|Region||France, Burgundy, Hautes-Cotes de Beaune|
|Brand||Domaine Boris Champy|
This wine comes from our plot named “En Bignon” in Bouze les Beaune. Starting from 2020, it is labeled with the name of its location: “En Bignon” and its altitude: 421meters. The plot’s soil is very clayey and red. In Burgundy we say that red soil equals great red wine! Its altitude of 421 meters is important because the plot is in a fresh spot, which is ideal to produce refined wines. From the vineyard we can see the pass of Bessey en Chaume (532m), highest point in altitude between Paris and Marseille by the highway.
On the nose, as well as on the palate, this wine combines a lovely altitude freshness (fresh red fruit) with a spicy character typical of a fine Pinot Noir. This wine can be enjoyed as an aperitif with friends but is also at home with charcuterie, shepherd's pie or a vegetable quiche.
The 2020 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune "Bignon 421" (note the slight name change since last year) received only one bit of sulphur in June and Champy relies on reduction to protect the wine. Matured in 500-litre barrels, this was slightly reduced on the nose when I tasted it with Boris Champy, but there is clearly fine concentration here. The palate is well balanced with lightly spiced, pretty red fruit on the entry. Harmonious, silky smooth with cranberry and wild strawberry on the finish, this is a lovely Hautes-Côtes but it will need 12-18 months in bottle.