Henri Champliau, Crémant de Bourgogne Authentique Brut
Henri Champliau is a family-owned sparkling wine producer in Mercurey, located in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise region of Burgundy. The company was founded by Alexandre Graffard in 2016, who named the winery after his grandfather, who held deep admiration for the terroir and craftsmanship of Burgundy.
Operating as a négociant, Alexandre believes it’s all about sourcing and works directly with his growers to obtain high-quality grapes. “No middleman,” says Alexandre , “I want to be the first person to select the grapes and I take all the best sources I can find.” Henri Champliau produces both Charmat-method wines and traditional method Crémant de Bourgogne.
Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Authentique is produced with Pinot Noir and a small percentage of Chardonnay, vinified separately in small lots before assemblage and 15 months of aging sur latte. “I call the wine ‘Authentique’ because of the Pinot Noir,” says Alexandre, “Pinot Noir is the identity of Henri Champliau.”
The aroma and flavor of Brut Authentique is driven by Pinot Noir, which brings strength and complexity to the cuvée, while Chardonnay provides freshness and precision. Fifteen months aging sur lattes contributes richness and texture to this high-quality example of Crémant de Bourgogne.
Crémant de Bourgogne based on red grapes can be an excellent partner to meatier dark fish such as grilled salmon or seared Ahi tuna. Sushi and sashimi are brilliant when paired with Crémant de Bourgogne, as are dishes with root vegetables, mushrooms, and eggplant.
Production area/appellation: Crémant de Bourgogne AOC
Soil composition: Clay and Limestone
Average Vine Age: 10 to 30 years old
Varietal composition: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
Fining agent: Vegan
Length of bottle aging: 15 months
Alcohol: 12.5 %
pH level: 3.07
Residual sugar: 5.9 g/L
Acidity: 3.8 g/L
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