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History

Champagne Guy Charlemagne is situated in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, in the small village of Mesnil sur Oger. As father to son winegrowers since 1892, we only harvest and vinify grapes from our own vineyards. We produce around 130 000 bottles per year, sold 30% in France and 70% abroad.

Our motto "QUALITY IS MY TRUTH" is a constant motivation. Surrounded by a highly qualified staff, we all work together to elaborate our wines with the same objective. As a family business where tradition finds its path, we wish to share with you the values of our prestigious terroir by highlighting quality, authenticity and our dream.

 

The existence of vineyards in Champagne goes back over 2,000 years and an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) has prescribed its boundaries since 1927. 

Its northerly geographical position, difficult climatic conditions, particularities of the subsoil and hillside plantings makes Champagne a unique and special terroir, one which gives Champagne wines their inimitable characteristic. 

 

 

The nature of the subsoil serves as a guide to selecting three grape varieties of Champagne : Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, and Chardonnay, the only white grape in Champagne. 

The Champagne vineyards are divided into three large viticulture regions : Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs and each with a favoured grape variety. The Vallée de la Marne has clay soil which is particularly suited for Pinot Meunier. The Montagne de Reims has a deep limestone layer and is therefore perfect for Pinot Noir. The Côte des Blancs has a shallow layer of limestone and is planted exclusively with Chardonnay grapes. 

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Vineyards

Our vineyards, 15 hectares (37 acres), are composed mainly of vines situated in the Côte des Blancs, and more specifically, in the Mesnil sur Oger and Oger crus. The complement is composed of vineyards in Mancy, Cuis, Glannes and Sézanne. Our grapes are therefore essentially Chardonnay (87%) and the rest Pinot Noir. 

 

A selection of the best plots and specific single vineyards as : Chetillon, Coullemets, Vaucherots, Mont-Joly, Aillerand du Midi… allows us to elaborate champagnes with character, where the personality and characteristic of each terroir is exhibited.

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Winemaking

Harvesting is carried out entirely by hand and usually takes place in September. Picked at perfect maturity, the golden Chardonnay berries will produce champagne, famous for its finesse and delicacy. Freshly cut, the grapes are delicately pressed in one of our two traditional presses, each containing 4 000 kilograms of grapes. 

 

Slow fermentation comes next, thanks to our thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, where our harvest will slowly be transformed into wine. Philippe CHARLEMAGNE takes immense pleasure in fermenting its « Mesnillésime » cuvée in 225 liter oak barrels where the wine will develop new aromas. After fermentation comes the time of blending, by marrying wines with different aromatic and organic qualities and proceed with each blend, which is unique. This process, the secret of which is tightly guarded by the Charlemagne house, is a search for that special harmony which will give exceptional cuvées.

 

After blending, the wine is bottled. The bottles will age quietly in our chalk cellars, where bottle fermentation will naturally take place in the dark of our constant temperature cellars. Our high quality cuvées patiently ripen, until the expression of our savoir faire is highly acclaimed by champagne lovers. After riddling and disgorging, our bottles are meticulously prepared and labelled, before receiving the Charlemagne emblem : The Eagle !

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Inside information

A classification of the different Champagne villages was established by professional trade bodies at the beginning of the 20th century. This classification called « Echelle des Crus » (growths scale) catergorises the villages between 80% and 100%. To date, amongst the 313 viticultural villages which produce an equal number of demarcated « crus », only 17 benefit from the 100% value, called the Grand Cru appellation. 

 

Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger, where the Charlemagne house owns its terroirs are two of theprestigious Grand Crus of the Champagne vineyards, where the coveted Chardonnay grape is king.  

These two 100% Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs both have an East/South-East exposure and are planted on limestone soil, ensuring constant water supply to the Chardonnay grapes that infuse our Grand Cru wines with their finesse, elegance and mineralogy.

 

Only the best single vineyards of the terroir are selected for our Grand Cru cuvées (such as Chétillon, Coullemets, Vaucherots, Mont-Joly, Aillerand du Midi ...). The average age of these parcels is around 42 years old. This mosaic of micro-terroirs allows us to obtain champagnes with strong characteristics They all help to determine the Charlemagne style, which in turn ensures its quintessential spirit and durability.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  72 wines 

Champagne Magazines 100 Best Champagnes 2020 -tasting day III.

1y 2m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Moet & Chandon vintage 2012 / A stylish and very promising vintage where elegance and finesse are stronger keywords than power and concentration. Chardonnay dominates the overall impression at the launch as the Pinot grapes work more as a structural moderator in the first years. Delicate polished buttery and spring floral notes dance beautifully over the tongue in a lovely youthful harmony.

1y 9m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  41 wines 

2017 Laroche Chablis Grand Cru Blanchots / Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals, detailed, nuanced, intense nose, layered. Fresh acidity, apples, lemons, spices, nuanced, layered and detailed, intense and long, superb. 96 points

1y 11m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  24 wines 

Krug Vintage 1914 / 97 points / Absolutely outstanding how vital old "Krugs" are! Still lots of popcorn and caramel where the scent is sweeter than the taste. There are clear similarities with Pol Roger brulee scented 1914, but the style is a little tighter and slightly younger.

2y 5m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  67 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes -tasting day II - best Rosé's and Blanc de Blancs'

3y 15h ago

 Pia Petäjä, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Tasted some of the latest vintage champagnes - Taittinger 2012 was superb!

3y 3d ago

 Valtteri Malmivirta, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  17 wines 

A blind Champagne tasting is a good way to spend Saturday evening with friends.

3y 1m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  34 wines 

The 100 Best Champagnes 2017 - tasting day II - 40 Blanc de Blancs!

3y 7m ago

 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  26 wines 

“All the best Champagnes from the 2004 vintage.”

4y 10m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  77 wines 

“The best Champagnes from 2002 vintage: As in Bourgogne, this is a beautiful and generous vintage with a bright future in store. It
is the rst time that I start to feel a tad old in the game. Because I have tried the vintage before in my life! Yes, the 2002 is so strikingly similar to the 1982 that I think I can predict the vintage’s whole life curve. I believe in a very linear curve without ups and downs. The wine will eventually become more buttery and fatter, with a relatively high acidity, and it will do its job in silence. The wines will reach their top at twenty to thirty years of age. Most promising
so far are many growers such as Egly-Ouriet, Michel Arnould, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, Jacques Selosse, and Diebolt-Vallois. Amour the Deutz, Piper-Heidsieck, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs, and Louis Roederer Cristal are pure nectar, but the most intellec- tually challenging are Jacquesson’s vineyard wines Champ Cain and Vauzelle de Terme.”

4y 11m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  55 wines 

“Vintage 1996 / Probably one of the greatest vintages. Not since 1928 has there been a wine with as much acidity in combination with high potential alcohol, which should cater to a really long life. Just like 1990, there are examples of wines that are made with almost overripe grapes with lower acidity. These examples show a transparent oxidative and rounded pro le. Otherwise, most of the 1996s are real child abductions, with a biting acidity and monumental inherent power. I am highly impressed by the grand-cru growers, with Jacques Selosse and Diebolt-Vallois eur de Passion in the lead. Dom Pérignon is wonderful as are Cuvée William Deutz Rosé, Louis Roederer Cristal, Cristal Rosé, Krug Clos du Mesnil, and the monumental Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Française and Krug Clos d’Ambonnay.”

5y 13d ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  14 wines  from  Guy Charlemagne . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“Guy Charlemagne 1976-2010 / This elegant firm was founded in 1892. Guy Charlemagnes son, Philippe, make some of the purest Champagnes on the market, and the Le Mesnil character is, if possible, even more tangible than in wines from the neighboring Salon. Besides six hectares in Le Mesnil they own one in Oger, 6 in Sézanne, and one in Glannes. The average age of the vines is an impressive thirtyfive, and in the vintage wines there are grapes from three locations: Vaucherot, Aillerand, and Masonière. They are using small oak barrels for some 20 percent of the harvest. The prestige wine Mesnillésime is a super-concentrated wine from 60 year old vines, where half of the wine has been through malolactic fermentation in steel tanks, while the other half is fermented in oak casks with the malic acidity intact. Mesnillésime is a wine for every serious collector. This is a grower to watch with the greatest respect in the future. Do not miss the 2004 or the regular vintage 2008!”

5y 1m ago

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