The Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins comes from 60-year-old vines at the foot of a hill south of Pommard, near Volnay. The one-hectare area features brown limestone soil on a sub-soil of hard limestone and scree. Manual harvesting usually takes place earlier rather than later on this terroir known for its complex and racy wines. The grapes are very carefully sorted before being vinified in stainless steel vats, as the estate does with all its cuvées. The long fermentation with indigenous yeasts can take anywhere from 20 to 25 days depending on the vintage, and includes a maceration of a few days between 15°C and 18°C and a few pigeages. The domaine favours a longeraging of approximately 20 months for their premier cru in barrels made of 30% to 50% new oak. This beautiful Pommard combines power and balance but requires a two- to three-year wait before serving. It could easily be aged for 15 years.
This elegant Pommard has a beautiful deep ruby color. The nose reveals aromas of black fruit, cocoa, and sweet spices. The attack is elegant, powerful, and silky. The wine is very well balanced and has a long finish with notes of cocoa, leather, and pepper that will intensify with age.
Prime rib, roast lamb, wild boar pâté, game, or cheeses such as époisses and comté.
Brown limestone on a limestone and scree subsoil
A one-hectare parcel situated on a hillside south of Pommard with an eastern exposure. 60 year-old vines. Organic viticulture. No green harvesting. Yield is controlled through pruning and de-budding after flowering and varies from 35 to 40 hl/hectare
Manual harvesting with selective sorting. De-stemming and light pressing before a maceration of a few days. Spontaneous fermentation in 40-hl stainless steel vats. 20- to 25-day fermentation-maceration period with moderate pigeages. 20 months of aging in oak barrels (Vosges and central France). Racking a month prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered
"The talented winemaker François Chavériat has now been in charge of this beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges domaine for several years. The hard work done in the vineyard means he does not need to compromise; he consistently produces strong and expressive wines that warrant several years of aging. One’s patience will be rewarded; the wines evolution in the bottle is nothing short of remarkable."
Les Meilleurs Vins de France : domaine classé 1 étoile.
“A very consistent domaine that distinguishes itself through yield controls and careful vinification. Needs to be discovered immediately!"
Guide Fleurus des Sommeliers
"This beautiful estate only recently started its cultural revolution. Now everything in the vineyard and winery has been put in place to produce the best possible wines."
Bettane & Desseauve
One of our favourites: “In the decade that François Chavériat has been at the helm of this Nuits-Saint-Georges estate there has been great progress. Thanks to a simple yet efficient approach to winemaking the domaine now produces rich and solid wines. Although they can at times come off as a bit harsh when they are young the wines evolve very well and gain roundness and complexity after a few years of aging."
Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family owned and run winery founded by Chantal Lescure and Xavier Machard de Gramont in 1975. It now belongs to their two sons, Aymeric and Thibault Machard de Gramont. The 18 hectares of appellation vines extend from Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuits to Meursault in the Côte de Beaune. When Aymeric Machard de Gramont took over the management from his parents in 1996 he had new ideas for working the vines and hired winemaker François Chavériat. The following year, they began to transition towards organic viticulture. Today, the whole domaine is certified organic. The wines of Domaine Chantal Lescure are expressive, with powerful yet delicate tannins. They require several years of aging to reveal their numerous qualities.
The Côte de Beaune covers approximately 30 kilometers between the towns of Sampigny, Dezize, and Cheilly at the south (that share the Maranges cru) and the Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny appellations to the north. It is the named vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that produce Burgundy’s (if not the world’s) finest white wines. The Pommard, Beaune, Volnay and Savigny appellations are famous for their Pinot Noirs of astounding expressions. Geologically, the Côte de Beaune is extremely complex. Each vineyard plot has its unique attributes that are reflected in the wines it produces. Some named vineyards provide more richness and body to the wine while others bring more minerality, finesse and acidity.
The Côte de Beaune is very fragmented and some vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Santenay, and the southern part of Chassagne-Montrachet are situated on complex hillside fault lines. Because of this, these vineyards are more like the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Côte de Nuits than the neighbouring parcels in the Côte de Beaune. This is just one example of the complexity of Burgundy’s named vineyards and terroirs, the cradle of many of the greatest wines in the world.
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