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Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet, 'Les Crais' Fixin 2018
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Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet, 'Les Crais' Fixin 2018

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Tannins

Notes from Becky Wasserman & Co.:

"Amélie Berthaut is already receiving a lot of attention. She is indisputably charming, but more importantly, she is hard-working, thoughtful, and talented. Her prevailing quality, however, is humility. For example, she turned down Daniel Johnnes’ invitation to the 2018 Paulée in San Francisco because “I’m not ready,” even though we all thought she was. Bien faire vax miev que dir.

Amélie has received an impressive array of vineyards from her mother and father who owned and managed separate family domaines. The newly-baptized Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet includes all the vineyards of Domaine Denis Berthaut and parts of the vineyards of Domaine François Gerbet, totaling 16 hectares located in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, in the villages of Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, and Vosne-Romanée."

The Berthauts were first documented in Fixin in the 18th century but they have reason to believe they go back much further. Amélie represents the seventh known generation of Berthauts in Fixin. Is it a cliché to call Amélie’s wines feminine? Perhaps. But in the context of the appellation as we knew it before her, and in comparison to her father’s wines, they are. Or maybe they are simply wines of the past and of the present.

Les Crais is 1.73 hectares (4.27 acres). It lies just east of the village, on the lower, very gentle part of the slope, at 280-meters elevation. It faces east-southeast."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Fixin
Region
Burgundy
Varieties
Pinot Noir
Farming
Lutte Raisonée
Soil
Alluvial soils: stony, well-draining, with some chalky rocks
Winemaking
20% whole cluster, mostly pump-overs with some punch-downs, indigenous yeast fermentation in tank. Aged for 15 months in barrel (20% new oak).