So, I figured I would make a bit of a change while getting the labels redone. There is great importance in specifying the location of one’s vines in Charmes-Chambertin since the appellation is so large and varied. Due to laws going back over 150 years, owners of the adjacent vineyard Mazoyères have the ability to label their wines as Charmes-Chambertin.
There are also two officially named places (lieux dits) of Aux Charmes, both also known as Charmes proper. One Aux Charmes is located just on the other side of the Route des Grands Cru, a mere just 20 feet from Chambertin. The other is situated further East, in the direction of the Route National 74, resting to the North of Mazoyères which actually reaches down to the road. Both “Aux Charmes” lieu dits are generally understood to produce more compelling wines than those from either of the two Mazoyères sections, one of which extends to the road below. Interestingly enough, the Saône Fault is between Aux Charmes and Mazoyères.
In MJ Lavalle’s ‘Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or‘, written in 1855 which would later prove to lay the groundwork for the classification system which we use today, he notes Le Chambertin (including Clos-de-Bèze) as the only Tête de Cuvée in Gevrey-Chambertin with the next level mentioning the Charmes (Haute). The next rank down includes both Aux Charmes (Bas) and Mazoyères. We source all of our Charmes-Chambertin fruit from the Charmes section which is closer to Le Chambertin, Charmes (Haute). Placing ‘Haute’ on our label provides not only further details on the specific terroir within the bottle, it also allows us to show that we are dedicated to respecting the timeless history of these cherished terroirs.