Region: Côte des Blancs
Grand Cru sites: Avize, Cramant and Chouilly
Premier Cru sites: Grauves
Vineyard holdings: 7 hectares
Annual production: 60,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Since Louis Callot’s birth in Avize in 1784, six successive generations have been involved with vines and wine, but it was not until 1955 that Pierre Callot created his own brand. As he grew this domaine he became short of space, and in 1971 he purchased the Piper-Heidsieck house and vineyard buildings.
Since 1996, Thierry, the youngest of his four sons, has run the family business. He carries on the legacy of his father, in the wines – the NV includes a proportion of a perpetual cuvée started by Pierre in 1985. 7 hectares are currently managed and cultivated using integrated pest management with the aim of practicing sustainable wine growing methods which respect quality, people and the environment. “We take great care of the vines and grapes the whole year round, working meticulously and by hand.” Today the holdings are mainly in the Grand Cru village of Avize, with half a hectare in Cramant and small parcels in Chouilly. Callot’s holings in Graves, a 1er Cru with a less desirable aspect is used for a single wine, Grauves Reserve.
Pressing is done in a traditional 4,000 kilogram Coquard wooden vertical basket press. Fermentation is with native yeasts and takes place in stainless steel for a all of the wines. Steel is used for elevage, apart from Clos Jaquin, a barrel aged single parcel wine from Avize, which he started bottliong separately in 1995. Malolactic is allowed at this address and adds to the richness that Callot has become associated with.