Berthaut-Gerbet

Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet
  • Amélie Berthaut is single-handedly showing what the overlooked appellation of Fixin can achieve. - Neal Martin. Vinous, November 2018

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. 

Image PRODUCTsort descending Description
DB8591-17 Bourgogne "les Prielles"
2017
Pinot Noir

DB7317-17
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits
2017
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

DB8593-17
Clos de Vougeot
2017
Pinot Noir
Only one case imported.

DB7328-17
Échezeaux
2017
Pinot Noir
Amélie works in a .06 hectare parcel of this Grand Cru.  This is the domaine's third vintage of this bottling. Very limited.

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

DB7319-17
Fixin "les Clos"
2017
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

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

DB7322-17
Fixin 1er Cru les Arvelets
2017
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

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

DB8595-17
Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Chezeaux
2017
Pinot Noir
A small “clos” surrounded by a wall next to the Chateau de Gevrey, just below the Premier Cru Cazetiers. Amélie has half a hectare of 40-60... 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

DB7327-17
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
2017
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