Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot

Meursault | Côte de Beaune | Burgundy

 

Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot Burgundy North Berkeley ImportsDomaine Brigitte Berthelemot is a rare creature in the tradition-steeped Côte d’Or, a “start-up” winery that instead of relying on family connections and inheritance has built its greatness from the ground up. You can’t help but feel the energy here, whether in the passion with which owner Brigitte Berthelemot describes her wines or in the vibrant flavors and aromas of each and every well-selected cru.

Berthelemot was able to fulfill a winemaking dream through the acquisition in 2006 of some of Burgundy’s finest old-vine terroirs. With the retirement of two legendary winemakers, Yves Darviot and Jean Garaudet (a long-standing North Berkeley Wine partner), Berthelemot purchased their vineyards as well as build a state-of-the-art winery outside Meursault.

Needless to say, our history with Garaudet’s world-class terroirs made us curious to see where Berthelemot would take them. There’s no question that the beauty and honesty of these old-vine Burgundies have been preserved, if not improved upon, under her stewardship. If she were to offer an IPO, we’d be all in!

Garaudet’s nephew, Marc Cugny, is the estate winemaker, an artist with decades of experience and an impeccable touch. Estate reds from Monthelie and Pommard have long achieved cult status, sought after by restaurants and collectors alike. And as of 2012, Berthelemot added a top-notch selection of whites from Chassagne and Puligny, delicately perfumed yet deliciously rich.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

The estate’s mostly older vines are cared for as naturally as possible; soils are plowed and no herbicides are used. Harvest is by hand and grapes are sorted: once in the fields, and a second time on a sorting table at the winery.

For the whites, grapes (whole cluster) are pressed then fermented in temperature-controlled tanks. Wine is aged in French oak barrels, with approximately 25 percent new oak.

For the reds, grapes are destemmed (either partially or totally, depending on the vintage) and fermented in temperature-controlled tanks. Wines are aged for approximately one year in French oak barrels; on average, 20 percent of all barrels are new wood.

WHITE WINES

Meursault

A blend of two high-altitude plots, ‘Les Vireuils’ and ‘Les Gorges de Narvaux.’ Soils are thin; sub-soils are solid limestone.

 

 

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Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Levrons’

Medium-bodied and lively on the tongue, this old-vine Puligny-Montrachet delivers wildflower aromas with hints of almond and hazelnut.

 

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Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Abbaye de Morgeot’

Grown on the historic site of the Cistercian Morgeot abbey, founded in 1150. The estate’s acre of vines were planted in 1970, and soils are particularly iron-rich.

 

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Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘La Garenne’

‘La Garenne’ is one of Puligny’s highest-altitude vineyards. Many vines were planted in 1935; sub-soils are solid limestone.

 

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RED WINES

Pommard ‘Noizons’

A majority of vines in lieu-dit ‘Petits Noizons,’ part of ‘Noizons,’ were planted in 1924 and 1948.

 

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Beaune Rouge 1er Cru ‘Clos des Mouches’

Called “the most satisfying” of the Beaune premier crus, ‘Clos des Mouches’ is a velvety and lush Burgundian Pinot Noir.

 

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Established: 2006
Winemaker: Marc Cugny
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte de Beaune • Meursault
Vineyard size: 22 acres