Christophe Camu, who, unlike many of his fellow wine-makers, is a vrai Chablisien, in that he actually lives in the town itself, has now taken over all of his mother and step-father's vine holdings, giving him enviable representation in all of the qualitative tiers in the region. His generic Chablis, which is matter-of-factly labelled as 'Domaine Christophe Camu', is a classic of the appellation which clearly illustrates the affinity that Chardonnay vines have with the free-draining, chalky soils of the Paris basin. Made from hand-harvested fruit from mature rootstock, it has a bright, golden colour, appealing green apple and gun-flint aromas and an elegant, dry, orchard fruit palate with a whistle-clean finish. Oysters would be an obvious accompaniment but it has sufficient weight and depth to stand up to salmon and white meat too. It has fast established itself as one of our most popular wines, enabling us to ship it in half-bottles, bottles and magnums to suit all requirements.
Moving up into the more elevated echelons of Premier Cru wines, Christophe boasts a parcel of vines on the renowned 'Côte de Léchet' escarpment, 2.5 kilometres to the east of the town. The resultant wine has more weight, depth and complexity than his regular cuvée with a wealth of white stone fruit and mineral scents and flavours. It will cellar well for a decade.
Christophe's flagship bottling is his majestic Grand Cru from the celebrated 'Les Clos' climat right above the town. It is matured for a year in used oak barrels and has a brioche and wild flower bouquet and persistent palate of dried fruit, almonds and 'wet pebbles' underscored by a fine acidity. It cries out for hedonistic Burgundian dishes such as snails with butter and garlic or spit-roasted poulet de Bresse.