Charles Van Canneyt
While vineyards in Burgundy have become increasingly expensive, Charles has overcome this challenge by establishing a network of trusted growers from whom he sources the finest grapes. His extensive knowledge of the region allows him to carefully select vineyards in the most optimal locations, ensuring the production of wines of the highest quality. This approach, similar to that of esteemed winemaker Lalou Bize-Leroy, has enabled Charles to secure the best grapes for his winemaking endeavors.
Once a relationship with a grower is established, Charles provides his specifications and closely monitors the vineyard throughout the growing season until harvest. The grower then carries out the necessary processes, such as pressing the white grapes or managing the maceration and vatting period for the red grapes. Charles personally collects the must or wine and takes it to his own cellar for maturation. This hands-on approach ensures that the resulting wines maintain the pure and terroir-driven style associated with Domaine Hudelot-Noellat.
Charles employs French oak barrels for the maturation of his wines, with around 15% new oak used for premier crus, allowing for a gentle oak influence that highlights the unique terroir. Production of premier crus is limited to just two barrels per year, while more Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced. Grand crus receive even more meticulous attention, with only one to two barrels crafted per vintage.
Charles Van Canneyt's micro-négoce business, established in 2012, further showcases his talent and connections within the Burgundian winemaking community. With his extensive reputation, he sources top-quality wines from renowned sites, including the prestigious Grands Crus and Premier Crus like Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Beze, and Chevalier Montrachet. These wines are produced in extremely limited quantities, offering a hidden gem status that attracts wine enthusiasts seeking unique and exceptional expressions of Burgundy.
With a focus on purity, depth of flavor, and a classic style, Charles Van Canneyt exemplifies the best of Burgundy's traditions while paving the way for its future. His wines under his own label, as well as those from Domaine Hudelot-Noellat, continue to captivate wine lovers with their remarkable quality and expression of the region's terroir.
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