The Guy Charbaut champagne house is located in the very center of the “premier cru” village of Mareuil-sur-Ay.
The complete range of Guy Charbaut champagnes include eight different cuvees, all made using grapes from the family vineyard, and all, except the Sélection, coming from first or greath growth plots.
Even though Xavier Charbaut studied in Beaune, he is weary of over-oaking his wines. “We’re not trying to make Meursaults, he says with a smile, oak must remain discreet, I prefer to focus on the grape, the aromas and the minerality.”
Unsuspected Treasures – A family tradition since 1936
THE CHARBAUT FAMILY HISTORY
The members of the Charbaut family, who have been wine-growers from
father to son for three generations have maintained the family character
of their Champagne House, in order to keep up the well-known prestige
brands, Selection Brut, Premier Cru Rose, Vintage, Blanc de Blanc
Premier Cru, Cuvee Reserve Premier Cru, Blanc Noir and the superb
Prestige Memory (100% cru grapes & 100% Chardonnay).
In 1930 the Grandfather Andre planted his first vineyards in Mareuil sur
Ay, the greater part which is situated on the most favourable hillsides
with a classification of 90-100% Cru grapes resulting in the production of
superb champagnes with an excellent presentation.
In the village of Mareuil sur Ay, Andre owned his own press houses and
cellars which were tunnelled under 25 metres of chalk with a capacity for
3 million bottles in storage tunnels 1.5 kilometres.
The chalk cellars are dating back to the l9th Century.
His son Guy continued the work of wine grower and in 1960 planted
approximately another 10 hectares.
With the demise of Guy, the business continued under the control of
Xavier his son who manages the house of Charbaut
with about 20 hectares of vineyards.