Founded in 1892, Champagne Guy Charlemagne is made from fruit from their own vineyards. They share the region with the famous houses of Boizel, Delamotte and Duval-Leroy as well as global Champagne icons Salon, Louis Roederer and Krug.They have access to 10 hectares in Mesnil and 5h in Sezanne, 87% of which Chardonnay.
The wines undergo stainless fermentation and spend six months on lees before being bottled in June. The resulting Champagne is released two years later.
This non-vintage Champagne encapsulates the house style of Guy Char Charlemagne and is a wonderful introduction to the house and the world of Grower Champagne.
Fresh and focused, with a panoply of flavour – ripe fruit notes of mango, tangy quince and tangerine, joined by a minerally sublayer of smoke, stone and spice. This shows firm structure and intensity… the overall juiciness of the acidity makes it very appealing… 92 points, Wine Spectator.
Ripe pear and white peach on the fragrant nose, with complicating notes of honey, buttered toast, jasmine and iodine building in the glass. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering juicy pit and orchard fruit flavours and a bracing jolt of bitter orange zest. Finishes on a leesy note, with excellent thrust and lingering florality. 93 points, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar.
...a gorgeous wine laced with minerals, graphite, crushed rocks and bright, citrus fruit… graceful, elegant wine… floats on the palate in a focused, beautifully delineated style. The finish is exceptionally elegant and refined. This is superb juice… 91 points, Robert Parker.
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.