Chambolle-Musigny, Burgundy, France
“I do wonder how he has managed to fly beneath the international Burgundy-loving radar for so long. His 2010’s are really outstanding — very pure and unforced.”
- Jancis Robinson
Domaine Bertheau got finally his well deserved recognition when Robert Parker in his Book “Burgundy: a comprehensive guide” granted the 6.5 ha property with a higher ranking than Domaine Comte de Vogüé with top Domaine such as Jacques Fréderic Mugnier and Domaine Ponsot.
François Bertheau, who has been working there since 1984, representing the fifth generation exploiting the estate, has taken over this family estate in 2004.
This Chambolle-Musigny Domaine counts the finest parcels in Chambolle such as the Grand Cru Bonnes-Mares, 1er Cru les Amoureuses, les Charmes, with vines that are around 50 years old. Bertheau is a partisan of “non intervention” in the cellar, fermentation occurs without the addition of cultured yeasts, little pigeage and remontage are done to avoid an overbearing extracted style. The objective is always to preserve the genuine freshness that distinguishes Chambolle appellation. The wines are matured in 2 to 3 years old barrel to avoid overwhelming aromas of oak. François Bertheau is a purist in his style, highly focused on the peculiarities of each terroirs, he wants his Chambolles to be identified as Chambolles.
François prefers a graceful rather than super-concentrated style of wine. He therefore makes a well structured wine with an elegant fruit on top of an incredible depth and length. His Bonnes-Mares comes from the best slive of the Cru in the “terres rouges“ section, where the soil is heavier and less stony. His 1er Crus are very aromatics, full of red berries, however this fruitiness does not alter their exceptional complexity. It is also good to know that his 1er Crus are made from parcels such as “Les Noirots”, “Les Groseilles”, “Les Baudes”, and “Les Gruenchers” that are ideally located under the Grand Cru Les Bonnes-Mares. His Chambolle-Musigny village level wines push far above their weight, as they are mostly the result of a fine blend fruits from different parcels most of them located in 1er Crus areas.