Boris Champy enthusiastically believes in the future of Hautes-Cotes, thanks to their altitude in a global warming context. With his neighbors, he wants toc ontinue to raise the reputation of this too less-known area. The objective is simple: show the subtle differences between “climats” and terroirs, with different soil types, sun exposures, slope inclinations, etc.
The estate is a true pioneer of organic and biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy, certified by Ecocert and Demeter. Founded in 1984 by Didier Montchovet who worked the vineyards using organic and biodynamic growing methods, listening to and respecting nature. His was the first wine domaine in Burgundy to have received Demeter biodynamic certification. At a time when people were just starting to re-consider the whole “all chemical” approach, when the concept of terroir and the incalculable value of Burgundy’s Climats were not yet fully appreciated by all, Didier Montchovet was among a small bunch of pioneering producers who were discussing and practicing an eco-friendly and solidarity-driven viticulture that was truly sustainable long before the word became fashionable.
Finding himself without a successor, Didier Montchovet decided to sell his Domaine to Boris Champy, thereby perpetuating the philosophy it has pursued since 1984. It was a smooth handover that began informally during the 2019 harvest, in which Boris Champy participated.
Boris Champy believes that the Hautes-Côtes has an exciting future ahead of it, particularly thanks to their altitude within the context of global warming. Together with the neighbouring winegrowers, he is determined to continue building the reputation of the wines from this superb yet little-known winegrowing region.
Domaine Boris Champy’s aim is simple: to showcase the lieux-dits and highlight the different microclimates, exposures and other fascinating subtleties. In the high-lying hills and valleys of the Hautes-Côtes, Boris practices a viticulture that is still somewhat alien to that of the great winegrowing Côte. The vineyard plots are small islands of biodiversity with numerous clos as well as trees, quickset hedges, meurgers (thick stone walls) and fruit trees… Boris knows that one must take a holistic approach, that of an agroecological ecosystem, one that is completely eco-friendly.
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