Berthaut-Gerbet

Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet

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 13 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.)

With only two vintages under her belt, it is already apparent that Amélie has a magic touch. The wines are alive and vibrant, and offer a truly unique expression of Fixin. You can visit her website here.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB7324-14
Vosne-Romanée
2014
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
France Burgundy

DB7326-14
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut-Saint-Jacques
2014
Pinot Noir
From .13 hectare, located just at the Combe de Lavaux, very high on the slope and with great exposure; 50 year-old vines with very low... Read More
France Burgundy

DB7322-14
Fixin 1er Cru les Arvelets
2014
Pinot Noir
From the north, this is the very first 1er Cru vineyard in the Côte d’Or. There is very little top soil on Bajocian marl. Just under one... Read More
France Burgundy

DB7328-14
Échezeaux
2014
Pinot Noir
Amélie works in a .06 hectare parcel of this Grand Cru.  This is the domaine's first vintage of this bottling. Very limited.
France Burgundy

DB7327-14
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
2014
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
France Burgundy

DB7325-13
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cazetiers
2013
Pinot Noir
From a .22 hectare parcel located at the top of the slope, just above the Chateau de Gevrey. Aged for 18 months with 40% new oak. Total... Read More
France Burgundy

DB7320-14
Fixin "les Crais"
2014
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
France Burgundy

DB7319-14
Fixin "les Clos"
2014
Pinot Noir
Extremely limited; please inquire. From a 1.30 hectare parcel with vines more than 60 years old (and some 90 years old.) Aged for... Read More
France Burgundy

DB7328-13
(91-94) VM
Échezeaux
2013
Pinot Noir
Amélie works in a .06 hectare parcel of this Grand Cru.  This is the domaine's first vintage of this bottling. Very limited.
France Burgundy

DB7318-14
Fixin
2014
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
France Burgundy

DB7317-14
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits
2014
Pinot Noir
From a 1.6ha parcel named Concoeur, situated between Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges. 50-60 year-old vines. Fermented in... Read More
France Burgundy