Champagne Dizy-Corne Bautray


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During the 1990s the Chiquets were improving their farming and re-discovering their terroirs. Their one hectare of Corne Bautray Chardonnay way up on top of a hill above Dizy particularly impressed them in the harvest of 1995, and they made an experimental cuvée from it. 2000 was the first commercial release. The vines were planted in 1960, face southwest, and grow in relatively thick alluvial topsoil. This soil is a layer of loose clay-silt packed with pebbles, giving good drainage, and provides a bed as deep as nine feet overtop the ever-present Campanian chalk—which these old vines reach down to for water. The wine is remarkable for its elegant power.

95 points
"The 2008 Extra Brut Premier Cru Dizy - Corne Bautray is showing brilliantly, unwinding in the glass with a youthful bouquet of citrus oil, clear honey, preserved rhubarb and subtle hints of fresh pastry. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with an incisive spine of acidity, considerable concentration and a long, reverberating finish. This is an unusually tensile, racy rendition of this cuvée, and Jean-Hervé Chiquet observes that, in the 2008 vintage, this typically rich wine has embraced its Chardonnay origins more wholeheartedly than usual. It's a terrific wine that will delight Champagne purists. All 5,488 bottles and 304 magnums were disgorged without dosage in April 2018. As readers may know, the Corne Bautray is a southwest-facing parcel planted in 1960 that's characterized by gravel and marl soils over a base of Campanian chalk."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, August 2019
95 points
"...a wine of real class and sophistication. Lemon confit, white pepper, chalk and floral notes all open up in the glass, but more than anything else, the Corne Bautray is a wine of total harmony. The finesse of the mousse alone is truly remarkable. Beautifully textured and vinous, with terrific freshness, the 2008 is a regal, impeccably balanced Champagne with tons of pure personality. No dosage. Disgorged: April, 2018."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, July 2019

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