Berthaut-Gerbet

Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet
  • Amélie Berthaut's emergence as one of Burgundy's rising stars by now needs no reiteration, but the quality of her 2017 portfolio demonstrates that the plaudits she has received are amply justified. Uniting the vineyards of the Domaines Denis Berthaut and François Gerbet, this enterprise now encompasses some 16 hectares, with Amélie's fiancé Nicolas Faure overseeing the vineyards. The Berthaut cuvées, always excellent but decidedly sturdy and structured in their youth, are now suppler and more accessible while retaining the structure to age. The cuvées that hail from the Gerbet vineyards, which were less well farmed, are making tangible progress too, as their soils are worked and chemical treatments are reduced or eliminated—progress evident in the wines' enhanced vitality and completeness, even in the generous 2017 vintage. With a cellar well-stocked with used barrels, Amélie's use of oak is also increasingly judicious. In short, all the stars are aligned at this address, and readers shouldn't hesitate to seek out the wines. And I'll add that it would be a mistake to neglect the superb Fixins at the expense of the grander appellations from Vosne-Romanée. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate, January 2019.

In a region deeply steeped in tradition, it is exciting to discover a new winemaker who can elevate wines to new heights in quality and pleasure. Amélie Berthaut, the daughter of Denis Berthaut and Marie-Andrée Gerbet, only recently took over from her father, having first studied agro-oenology engineering in Bordeaux and spending time making wine with Agnes Henry at Domaine de la Tour du Bon in Bandol, and Dunn in California, before coming home to her family’s estate in 2013.

Domaine Berthaut is not a new domaine; it has been in the family for seven generations and has always been well-respected. The domaine covers 16 hectares, mostly in Fixin, but also in Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée. Fixin has the reputation of being a rustic wine, but Amélie explained that is perhaps because the winemaking is rustic and not the terroir. Like all great winemakers, Amélie insists that the most important work happens in the vineyards and working the soil. She follows lutte raisonnée farming, with a strong leaning towards organic viticulture: no herbicides or pesticides in the vineyards. The biggest threats are oidium and mildew, but she avoids spraying at all if possible.

In the cellar, the juice goes through a cold maceration for up to five days (up to 10ºC). Indigenous yeasts start fermentations naturally – alcoholic fermentation in concrete and malolactic in barrels or foudres. She pumps over daily and punches down the fruit three to four times after the alcoholic fermentation. Sulfur is added when the wines are initially put into tanks and then once after malolactic is finished, and once before bottling, but always kept to a minimum: total sulfur is 30-50ppm. She uses a combination of or foudres (1500-3000 liters) and barrels for aging and will age the wines for up to 24 months. Most of the wines are bottled without filtration (the Hautes Côtes and Fixin Villages are lightly filtered.)

Berthaut has a magic touch. The wines are alive and vibrant, and offer a truly unique expression of Fixin. 

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DB7317-18
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits
2018
Pinot Noir
From a 1.6 hectare parcel named Concoeur, on the plateau between Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Planted by grandfather 60 years ago... Read More

DB8591-18
Bourgogne "les Prielles"
2018
Pinot Noir
From a one hectare parcel planted in 1980, just at the border of village level Fixin with a deep limestone soil and marl. It's destemmed... Read More

DB7318-18
Fixin
2018
Pinot Noir
From four parcels, totaling 2.6 hectares: Au Près, Fixey, Clos du Villages, and Sorgentière. Both fermentations are completed in cement;... Read More

DB7318-17
Fixin
2017
Pinot Noir
From four parcels, totaling just over 3.5 hectares: Au Près, La Vionne, Clos du Villages, and Clos André. Both fermentations are completed... Read More

DB7319-18
Fixin "les Clos"
2018
Pinot Noir
From a 1.30 hectare parcel with vines more than 60 years old and the oldest planted in 1930. Les Clos has a very complex geologically and... Read More

DB7320-18
Fixin "les Crais"
2018
Pinot Noir
An emblematic parcel for the domaine, bottled separately for a long time because of its inherent quality. This is from a 1.38-hectare... Read More

DB7320-17
Fixin "les Crais"
2017
Pinot Noir
An emblematic parcel for the domaine, bottled separately for a long time because of its inherent quality. This is from a 1.38-hectare... Read More

DB7322-18
91-93 VM
Fixin 1er Cru les Arvelets
2018
Pinot Noir
From the north, this is the very first 1er Cru vineyard in the Côte d’Or. In Fixin, there are only five premier crus and three of them are... Read More

DB8593-18
92-94 VM
Clos de Vougeot
2018
Pinot Noir
Planted in 1956, along the east wall of the Clos, minimal slope, rocky soils with more clay. Aged in barrel (approximately 30% new oak... Read More

DB7328-18
Échezeaux
2018
Pinot Noir
Berthaut has a tiny .21 hectare parcel of vines planted in the 1930's in the areas called Quartier de Nuits and Treux. Aged in... Read More

DB8592-18
Sustainable
Chambolle Musigny les Plantes
2018
Pinot Noir
Planted in 1987, near the Route des Grands Crus, classic clay-limestone soils. Aged for 12 months in barrel (approximately 40% new oak... Read More

DB8594-18
Sustainable
Fixin Blanc Champ des Charmes
2018
Chardonnay
This is the only white wine Berthaut-Gerbet produces. The soil is alluvial and quite white, located just near les Crais. Whole-cluster... Read More

DB7326-18
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut-Saint-Jacques
2018
Pinot Noir
From .13 hectare, located just at the Combe de Lavaux, very high on the slope and with great south east exposure; 50 year-old vines with... Read More

DB8595-18
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Chezeaux
2018
Pinot Noir
Berthaut is the only one making wine from this small, half a hectare clos surrounded by a wall next to the Chateau de Gevrey, just below... Read More

DB7329-18
Gevrey-Chambertin
2018
Pinot Noir
From a half a hectare parcel called Combe de Dessus, which sits below the Clos des Chezeaux, which is below Cazetiers. Made with... Read More

DB7329-17
Gevrey-Chambertin
2017
Pinot Noir
From a parcel called Combe de Dessus, which sits below the Clos des Chezeaux, which is below Cazetiers. Made with 20% stems in 2017 and 20... Read More

DB7324-18
Vosne-Romanée
2018
Pinot Noir
1.2 hectares from two parcels: Réas and la Rivière planted in 1935, 1949, and 1955. Primary fermentation in cement tank and then moved to... Read More

DB7324-17
Vosne-Romanée
2017
Pinot Noir
1.07 hectares from two parcels: Réas and la Rivière. Primary fermentation in cement tank and then moved to barrels for malolactic... Read More

DB7327-18
91-93 VM
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
2018
Pinot Noir
One of the best Premier Cru in Vosne-Romanée, this site is directly above La Romanée Conti and Richebourg. Because of the steepness of the... Read More