Champy lays claim to being the oldest négociant house in Burgundy, having been founded by Maitre Tonnelier Edmé Champy in 1720. The business finally foundered in the late 20th century, Jadot buying the vineyards in 1989 while Henri and Pierre Meurgey took over the business and the buildings the following year. Over the past 20 years some vineyard holdings have been purchased or rented; the total is currently 17 hectares and all are in the process of biodynamic certification. The wines are made on the road out to Pommard before returning to central Beaune for maturation. Winemaking has been in the capable hands of Dmitri Bazas since 1999. The whites are whole-bunch pressed and the lees are stirred once a week (in leaner vintages like 2004 and 2007, or once a fortnight in richer years such as 2005 and 2006). Wood from the Allier and Vosges forests are preferred for white wines. Red-wine fermentation begins with a cool pre-maceration and finishes with a few days at 32ºC/ºF before the wines go to barrel, with Allier and Tronçais for reds. Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.