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2019 Charles Audoin

Domaine Charles Audoin was formed in 1972 by Charles and his oenologist wife Marie-Francoise, starting with three hectares in Marsannay. Their holding has now grown to around 14 hectares that captures some of the best parcels in Marsannay. Their son Cyril joined his father in 2000, and is now in charge of both vineyard and winemaking activities for the Domaine. Cyril is increasingly focused on vineyard health, to deliver wines with pure varietal expression and a sense of place. They are among the most serious wines from the area, and while juicy and approachable young, have the capacity to age gracefully for many years.

Across the range there is a clear intent to showcase the various climats of Marsannay, as the six single vineyard wines each display a unique profile. In the north of the appellation are the Longeroies and Clos du Roy vineyards where the soils are lighter and produce softer, easier, and more forward wine styles. Further south the soils are deeper and give the wines from Clos de Jeu, Champ Salomon, and Favieres greater structure and a more compact style. Charme aux Pretres is a reddish brown gravel soil over a bed of limestone, and tends to produce an open knit wine with great structure. Many of these vineyards are destined to be reclassified premier cru status in the upcoming review.