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Charles Dufour has been something of a breakout success in the world of natural wine. Since 2010, he has been making wines from some of his family's vineyards situated in Celles-sur-Ource under his mother's name, Domaine Françoise Martinot.
The few hectares of vines he looks after here are planted on the lower slopes where the soils are composed of a typical blend of marl and limestone but with a slightly warmer micro-climate compared to Charles's own vines in Landreville, in the Côte des Bar.
Charles employs a biodynamic approach, quite the challenge in this region's marginal and unpredictable climate. In the cellar produces his Vin Clair using native yeasts, raising the wine in barrels and avoiding the use of sulphites altogether. He opts for extensive ageing on the lees to yield complex, engaging champagnes with a beautiful vinous character. We are very excited for the future of this promising winemaker whose wines go from strength to strength with each passing vintage.