Clos des Chezeaux, Gevrey Chambertin

Amelie Berthaut – a few years ago the up and coming young winemaker, who returned from abroad, is already today a highly respected vigneron in her home town of Fixin in Burgundy. Both her parents are from winemaking lineage, owning the Domaine Denis Berthaut as well as Domaine Gerbet, which she now merged into Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet. The holdings expand beyond Fixin down to Vosne Romanee.

Her grandfather leased some vineyards from the Mercier family in Gevrey Chambertin since the late 1940s, and is now part of Domaine des Chezeaux. And this particular Clos des Chezeaux lies within the closed walls of Domaine des Chezeaux but isn’t a monopole due to the wine being used in both des Chezeaux and Berthaut Gerbet bottlings.

The particulars are old vines planted in 1929, 1941, and 1985. Located at mid-slope at 290-meters elevation. The soils are deep, clay-rich, with some gravels and cobbles. For this wine Amelie fermented 50% whole cluster, used mostly pump-overs with some punch-downs, and of course indigenous yeast to ferment in concrete tanks. The old vine cuvee was aged for 12 months in barrel of which 25% is new.

bottleWe find the 2016 soft textured, velvety and already very enjoyable to drink. This textbook Gevrey has lovely floral aromatics, ripe red cherries, leather and meatiness to it. To order email

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