Classic Bourgogne Rouge drinker from top class wine maker, Charles Van Canneyt

It’s often said in Burgundy that a top wine makers’ basic Bourgogne can often be better than a poor wine makers’ Grand Cru – it’s what makes the region so challenging, infuriating and fascinating all at the same time.

Well, if that is the case, then Charles Van Canneyt is proof perfect of what a great wine maker can do with even the most humble terroir.

Charles started off as wine maker at his family’s estate of Domaine Hudelot-Noellat in 2008,  but always yearned to create something of his very own in Burgundy terms. By 2012 the idea had crystallised to launch his own negociant business – with a focus of trading in small quantities of high-grade wines that he selected by the barrel, all from vineyards not owned by Hudelot-Noellat. As he told The Drinks Business, “They’re two completely different things. At the domain its family, I work for my grandparents. This is something for me.” 

The range began with five grand cru AOC and over time grew to nine, including the Bourgogne Rouge that we have on offer for you today.

And there we come to the proof that even with a basic Bourgogne Rouge, Charles Van Canneyt has worked wonders that others sometimes fail to do with Grand Cru. As Neal Martin summed it up on his first tasting of the negoce wines: Charles Van Canneyt proved himself a winemaker par excellence courtesy of both his work at Hudelot-Noëllat and the first wine I have tasted from his new namesake négociant label.”

We have a small parcel of the 2014, the second year he made his Bourgogne Rouge, which has matured beautifully and is drinking perfectly now and is, in our humble opinion absolutely brilliant value for a top class Bourgogne Rouge from one of the Cote d’Or’s most exciting new winemaker.

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Charles Van Canneyt x 12 x 75cl,

@ £237 including VAT and delivery

“Made in a classic style this Bourgogne exceeds expectations and delivers excellent quality for the price. Cherries and coffee aromas on the nose then on the palate plenty of ripe, red berry fruit with a touch of spice. This is light, easy drinking, perfect slightly chilled on summer’s day or anytime. It’s a bargain from a winemaker to watch out for in the Cote d’Or.” 

Neal Martin, Vinous

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