The label for Les Dessus du Bois Marie by Champagne Christophe Baron

Les Dessus du Bois Marie

Professional reviews and tasting notes from prior vintages added as published. Scores within parentheses indicate barrel samples:


2018 Le Dessus du Bois Marie

97 Points

The 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne shows off a beautiful honey color in the glass. Shades of salted oily Brazil nut, quince, nectarine skin and fresh guava all fill the nose. The palate is big and bold, showing off serious weight from the heat of the vintage... [a] very seamless champagne that shows both power and beautiful tension. The salty tones, viscosity and underlying finesse really make this check all the boxes. Just wait for the exceedingly long finish in this masterclass by Christophe Baron... –Owen Bargreen,

96 Points

This is attractive, with white nectarines, raw almonds, lily-of-the-valley, pastry crust and candied lemon zest. Dry, broad and chalky on the palate with tension and crunchy acidity cutting through. Fresh and dynamic with a vivid, lingering finish. 1,607 magnums produced. 100% pinot meunier. From organically grown grapes. Disgorged April 2022. Zero dosage. Drink or hold. –James Suckling,

93 Points

The 2018 Brut Nature Le Dessus Du Bois Marie (Magnum) is another intriguing Champagne from Christophe Baron. Rich and vinous, with slightly burly contours, the 2018 has plenty of depth. There is a bit of roughness, especially compared to the other wines in the range. It will be interesting to see if some of the youthful austerity softens over time. I suggest opening this well in advance. This wine and the magnum format can definitely handle it. –Antonio Galloni, Vinous


2017 Le Dessus du Bois Marie

96 Points

The 2017 Brut Nature Le Dessus Du Bois Marie (Magnum) is bright, focused and incredibly energetic. Soaring mineral and saline notes cut through a core of orchard fruit, citrus, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and spice. The Dessus Du Bois is just fabulous. All it needs is time, but all the elements are there for it to be tremendous in a few years' time. Actually, it already is. Floral and mineral notes reappear on the finish, adding notable lift. Yields were less affected here, which explains the wine's freshness. –Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95+ Points

The 2017 Brut Nature Le Dessus du Bois Marie has also turned out nicely, unwinding in the glass with scents of crisp orchard fruit, tangerine oil, honeycomb, yellow plums and freshly baked bread. Full-bodied, vinous and textural, it's rich and incisive, with a tightly coiled core of concentrated fruit and a long, saline and delicately exotic finish. –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

95 Points

Just as richly hued, the 2017 Le Dessus Du Bois Marie exudes class with baking spice dusted French bread, toasted hazelnuts and brandy soaked pear tones on the nose. Rich and powerful on the mouth, with a soft and inviting mousse, this displays outstanding length and tension, with wet gravel undercurrents. Tightly wound, with serious aging potential, give this at least 30 minutes to unwind prior to consuming. –Owen Bargreen,


2016 Le Dessus du Bois Marie

96 Points

The 2016 Brut Nature Le Dessus Du Bois Marie (Magnum) is a wine of cut and precision. Lemon confit, spice, baked apple tart and pear notes abound. Here the expression is all about energy, tension and delineation. Tangerine oil, spice, crushed rocks and white flowers add the closing shades of complexity. –Antonio Galloni, Vinous

95 Points

...showing nicely, wafting from the glass with delicately exotic aromas of mandarin orange, pear, musky peach, clear honey and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and vinous, it's fleshy and saline, with an enveloping core of fruit, lively acids and a long, mouthwatering finish. –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate


2015 Le Dessus du Bois Marie

97 Points

...showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with a deep and inviting bouquet of red apple, clear honey, linden, beeswax and lily pollen...this is a beautifully balanced wine that's showing superbly... –William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

94 Points

The 2015 Brut Nature Le Dessus Du Bois Marie (Magnum) shows the natural breadth and textural resonance of Meunier off to great effect. Apricot, chamomile, dried flowers, hazelnut and lightly honeyed notes all open up in a creamy, ample Champagne built on textural resonance. Rich and exotic, with tremendous depth and personality, the Dessus Du Bois Marie has so much to offer. It is another gorgeous, deeply expressive Champagne from Christophe Baron. –Antonio Galloni, Vinous