Bourgogne Aujourd'hui- August September 2018
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui- August September 2018

In the August 2018 edition of the Bourgogne Aujourd'hui journal Domaine Berthelemot's wine, Santenay 1er cru La Maladière is classified as an "exceptionnal wine".

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui - June, July 2018 - Special 2017 vintage
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui - June, July 2018 - Special 2017 vintage

Domaine Berthelemot have a place of honour in the June/July 2018 Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine special supplément on the 2017 vintage : the domain is classified as a “valeur sûre”, or one where you cannot go wrong and many of its wines are considered as exceptional.

 

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Revue du Vin de France wine journal : June 2018 special edition on Burgundy, Côte de Beaune 2017 vintages.
Revue du Vin de France wine journal : June 2018 special edition on Burgundy, Côte de Beaune 2017 vintages.

Domaine Berthelemot were given fourth and fifth place on tasting of the 2017 vintage Beaune 1er cru appellations: the Beaune Grèves with 16 marks and Clos des Mouches white with 16-16,5 marks.

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, April/May 2018 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, April/May 2018 edition

*Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne 2016 vintage, awarded 16/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine : citrus and white blossom notes in the mouth, fresh and round at the start with a spicy finish.

 

*Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot, awarded 16/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine: fresh citrus and minty aroma with a touch of lime on the nose; in the mouth it is well balanced with length, richly elegant.

 

*Puligny-Montrachet les Levrons 2016 vintage, awarded 15.5/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine :  fresh, citrus aromas, mainly lemon  on the nose; in the mouth it is dense and vigorous with a good finish.

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Domaine Berthelemot doubles its size.
Domaine Berthelemot doubles its size.

Nine additional hectares for Domaine Berthelemot in Meursault! This extension to the estate through the acquisition of the Domaine Patrice Allexant in Merceuil means that Brigitte Berthelemot may now add to her range, some fine appellations in the Côte de Nuits area. The value of the transaction is not disclosed.

 

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, February/March 2018 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, February/March 2018 edition

 

*Pommard Noizons 2015 vintage, awarded16/20 marks: rich black fruit aroma and pleasantly woody on the nose; it is fresh and well balanced in the mouth and enhanced on aeration.

 

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui

The editorial in the Bourgogne Aujourdhui  wine journal December 2017/January 2018 edition confirms the sound reputation of Domaine Berthelemot.

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Surprise reinforcement
Surprise reinforcement

On 12 November 2017, the Bien Public newspaper dedicated a full page to Domaine Berthelemot written by Thibault Simmonet and the free translation of the text is as follows.

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui, September 2017
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui, September 2017

The September 2017 edition has selected 2 wines from Domaine Berthelemot for its 2012 vintage tasting list : Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white wine and Pommard Noizons.

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Bettane & Desseauve, 2018 wine guide
Bettane & Desseauve, 2018 wine guide

Domaine Berthelemot is awarded 2 stars in the 2018 Bettane & Desseauve wine guide.

Of the many wines featured is Puligny-Montrachet les Levrons 2015 classified among the Côte de Beaune wines of the year and Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2015, best wines for laying down.

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Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2018 wine guide
Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2018 wine guide

Among the 5 wines  from Domaine Berthelemot which feature in the 2018 Guide Hachette, 3 have been awarded a star: Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white 2015,  Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2015 and Pommard Noizons 2015.

 

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La revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois de juillet 2017 a retenu 6 vins du Domaine Berthelemot dans son carnet spécial Millésime 2016 : Le Monthelie rouge, le Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons, le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot, le Puligny-Montrachet 1er cu La Garenne et le Meursault Les Tillets et le Pommard Noizons.

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Le journal Le Bien Public, dans son édition du 17 juin 2017, publie un portrait de Brigitte Berthelemot.

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Le Domaine Berthelemot parmi les "10 bonnes affaires en Bourgogne" dans le cahier spécial "Millésime 2016" de la RVF de mai 2017.

Le Beaune 1er cru Grèves et le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot sélectionnés et très bien notés !

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Domaine Berthelemot's Meursault white 2014 was awarded 15.5 in the Bourgogne Aujourd'hui May 2017 buyers' guide.

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The Belgian buying guide, Vins & Terroirs Authentiques (Spring 2017) selected three of our wines:

- Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches white 2015,

- Beaune Longbois white 2015, and,

- Monthelie rouge 2014.

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Coup de Coeur dans le Bettane + Desseauve 2017 pour le Meursault 2014 du Domaine Berthelemot !

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Domaine Berthelemot's Beaune Longbois white 2014 selected by the famous "Guide Hachette des Vins 2017" !

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The 2016 July/August edition of the Bourgogne Aujourdhui magazine features a write-up on Domaine Berthelemot in the supplement dedicated to the 2015 vintage: 6 of its wines have been selected including the Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red wine, awarded a mighty 18 marks out of 20!

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Le Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2014 du Domaine Berthelemot reçoit la note de 15/20 dans le guide d'achat de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois de mai 2016.

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Le Pommard Noizons 2010 du Domaine Berthelemot reçoit la note de 17/20 dans le cahier spécial millésime 2010 de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois d'octobre 2015.

 

 

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GUIDE HACHETTE 2016 edition
GUIDE HACHETTE 2016 edition

Four wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot are mentioned in the 2016 wine guide: Meursault Les Tillets 2013, Puligny Montrachet Les Levrons 2013, Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2013 and Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red, 2012.

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Guide Bettane & Desseauve, 2016 edition
Guide Bettane & Desseauve, 2016 edition

In the 2016 wine guide, Domaine Berthelemot are credited with ons star and a "coup de coeur" for its Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2013 vintage with comments as follows:

 

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui- August September 2018
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui- August September 2018

In the August 2018 edition of the Bourgogne Aujourd'hui journal Domaine Berthelemot's wine, Santenay 1er cru La Maladière is classified as an "exceptionnal wine".

The puchasing guide awarded 15,5/20 marks - corresponding to wines of exception - to both Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2015 and 2016 vintages with the following comments:

"Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2016: good acidity with cherry and spicy notes; in the mouth it is vigourous with fresh tannins and a fine texture"

"Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2015: smooth and floral on the nose with notes of preserved fruits; it is rich and fresh in the mouth with delicate tannins".

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui - June, July 2018 - Special 2017 vintage
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui - June, July 2018 - Special 2017 vintage

Domaine Berthelemot have a place of honour in the June/July 2018 Bourgogne Aujourd’hui magazine special supplément on the 2017 vintage : the domain is classified as a “valeur sûre”, or one where you cannot go wrong and many of its wines are considered as exceptional.

 

The article freely translates as follows.

Initially established by combining the 2 enterprises, of Garaudet and Darviot, Domaine Berthelemot doubled its estate at the end of last year from 8 to 17 hectares by the takeover of Domaine Allexant.

This major move not only entails some considerable building extension but in particular means that the domain has extended its range of appellations: in the Côte de Nuits (Vosne, Chambolle and Gevrey) and in the Côte de Beaune area with premier cru Puligny (Folatières), Saint Aubin (Murger des Dents de Chien) and Beaune (Bressandes).

Thomas Berthelemot has joined his mother and production manager Marc Cugney and his arrival coincides with the domain’s engagements towards organic cultivation methods noting that the domain is already certified as “Haute Qualité Environnementale”.

Thomas Berthelemot sums up the 2017 vintage as “very delicate , fruity and with charm, the white wines have body with fine, ripe fruit aromas and the reds are pleasantly tannic , ripe and mellow; the 2016 vintage is now on sale by appointment.”


*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red: marked 17.5/20

« On the nose it has a good, sun ripened black cherry aroma; superb in the mouth with powerful aroma and a fine finish”

*Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2017: marked 16.5/20

« Mature, yellow fruit and spicy on the nose ; good texture in the mouth, fat and with a cool finish. »

*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white: marked 15.5/20

“Delicate on the nose with pleasant, mature aromas; on the mouth it is both rich and fresh , worthy of the vintage.”

*Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2017: marked 15.5/20

« Elegant on the nose with ripe white fruit aromas ; full in the mouth with some exotic notes – a wine well raised. “

*Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne 2017: marked 15/20

*Pommard 2017 : marked 15/20

*Meursault village white 2017 : marked 15/20.

Revue du Vin de France wine journal : June 2018 special edition on Burgundy, Côte de Beaune 2017 vintages.
Revue du Vin de France wine journal : June 2018 special edition on Burgundy, Côte de Beaune 2017 vintages.

Domaine Berthelemot were given fourth and fifth place on tasting of the 2017 vintage Beaune 1er cru appellations: the Beaune Grèves with 16 marks and Clos des Mouches white with 16-16,5 marks.

 

Comments, freely translated, were as follows:

*Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2017: a fresh fruit sauce aroma on the nose; it is intense redolent of crisp fruit with a  firm and smooth structure, a slightly sweet clean finish.

*Beaune  1er cru Clos des Mouches 2017 white: elegantly fragrant with a delicate and silky texture ; well structured and fruity, dense and pleasantly fleshy.

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, April/May 2018 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, April/May 2018 edition

*Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne 2016 vintage, awarded 16/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine : citrus and white blossom notes in the mouth, fresh and round at the start with a spicy finish.

 

*Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot, awarded 16/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine: fresh citrus and minty aroma with a touch of lime on the nose; in the mouth it is well balanced with length, richly elegant.

 

*Puligny-Montrachet les Levrons 2016 vintage, awarded 15.5/20 marks classified as an exceptional wine :  fresh, citrus aromas, mainly lemon  on the nose; in the mouth it is dense and vigorous with a good finish.

Domaine Berthelemot doubles its size.
Domaine Berthelemot doubles its size.

Nine additional hectares for Domaine Berthelemot in Meursault! This extension to the estate through the acquisition of the Domaine Patrice Allexant in Merceuil means that Brigitte Berthelemot may now add to her range, some fine appellations in the Côte de Nuits area. The value of the transaction is not disclosed.

 

 

Free translation of the article dated 18 December by Thierry Gaudillère (journal Bourgogne Aujourd'hui):

From 8 to 17 hectares, Domaine Berthelemot has doubled its size by taking over the Patrice Allexant domain in Merceuil (Côte d’Or); established in Meursault in 2007, Domaine Berthelemot has also now doubled its appellations by setting foot in the Côte de Nuits region with plots in Gevrey-Chambertin Craite-Paille (AOC Village), 3 in Chambolle-Musigny Village,Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Charmes, Vosne-Romanée Village, Côte de Nuits Village as well as several extra appellations in Côte de Beaune: Savigny-les-Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune Les Beaumonts, Beaune 1er cru Clos du Roy, Les Grèves and  Bressandes, Pommard Bas des Sausilles Village, Volnay Village, Puligny-Montrachet Village and Les Folatières 1er cru, Saint Aubin 1er cru Murgers-des-dents-de-chien. Other additions to the range include: Rully Village white and red in the Côte Chalonnaise and Bourgogne white and red. The domain already owned plots in Beaune such as 1er cru Clos des Mouches , Pommard, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet.

The transaction concerned Terres des Domaines, among others.

Brigitte Berthelemot was particularly satisfied by the excellent quality of the vines.

The enlargement of the estate by 9 hectares  and the forthcoming 2018 vintage also means more building capacity and the existing premises with vathouse in the Champs Lins zone in Tailly (21) will be extended and another building constructed in Meursault.

Brigitte Berthelemot’s son Thomas, 34, is now on the staff and with experience in commerce and an agricultural diploma (BPREA) obtained at the CFPPA in Beaune he will be responsible for sales and overall supervision of the estate.

Marc Cugney who has been with the domain from the outset will be the production manager.

The estate is already qualified with HVE environmental certification and the next stage , bio or organic will probably begin in 2018.

Brigitte Berthelemot first discovered her vocation for the wine business at the age of 32 following a visit to the Macon region; she waited until her last daughter had left home (she is a mother of 4) before deciding to set up her own enterprise – first considering the Val de Loire region but finally fixing in Meursault: “I wanted to work with the pinot noir and chardonnay vines and where the soil varies so much”.

Within the space of 10 years, the domain has worked up to being among the most reputable: just read the recent wine guides such as Bourgogne Aujourd’hui and the commentaries on Meursault and Beaune to be convinced and furthermore the domain is often considered a reference for quality white and red wines.

Export sales are 45% (USA, Japan, Europe) and in France, apart from private sales – one third – wines from the domain will be found in wine shops and restaurants.

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, February/March 2018 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui wine journal, February/March 2018 edition

 

*Pommard Noizons 2015 vintage, awarded16/20 marks: rich black fruit aroma and pleasantly woody on the nose; it is fresh and well balanced in the mouth and enhanced on aeration.

 

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui

The editorial in the Bourgogne Aujourdhui  wine journal December 2017/January 2018 edition confirms the sound reputation of Domaine Berthelemot.

 

The free translation is as follows:

Domaine Berthelemot was established in 2007 when Brigitte Berthelemot, a true wine enthousiast who became a winegrower, took over the domains of Yves Darviot and Jean Garaudet.

Today the estate covers 8 hectares with plots in Monthelie, Beaune, Meursault, Pommard, Puligny, Chassagne  and Santenay all carefully tended to by Marc Cugney, winemaker in charge since the outset: “our method is to work the soil mechanically so as to aerate the soil and facilitate microbic action and allowing the vine roots to develop deep down”.

The grapes are handpicked and the vinification process kept as simple as possible, the maturing stage is relatively short – 10 months for white wines and 10 or 12 months for red with 3 months in vat and approximately 20% of new casks.

A large proportion of the vines are aged consisting in visually selected plants of low yield.

Visits to the domain are by appointment.

Marks and comments on tasting, as follows:

*Beaune 1er cru Grèves red 2015 (17.5/20):

Strong on the nose, warm with intense fruitiness ; rich and velvety in the mouth with mellow tannins and a full finish: a very good wine!

*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red 2015 (17/20):

Rich on the nose with black fruit notes, a jam effect and spicy; the effect is the same in the mouth, juicy with rich tannins and a long finish.

*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white 2015 (17/20):

Floral and mint notes on the nose ; rich and dense in the mouth, a wine well raised.

*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red 2014 (16/20):

Typical of this appellation, fruity,soft, rich and with a delicate finish.

*Beaune Longbois 2014 (16/20):

Fresh and floral on the nose; clear cut and sound  in the mouth with a citrus finish.

*Beaune 1er cru Grèves red 2014 (15.5):

On the nose the first effect gives way to red fruit aromas; it is soft and rich in the mouth with the right tannins.

*Beaune Longbois white 2015 (15/20)

Surprise reinforcement
Surprise reinforcement

On 12 November 2017, the Bien Public newspaper dedicated a full page to Domaine Berthelemot written by Thibault Simmonet and the free translation of the text is as follows.

 

Thomas Berthelemot joined the domain in September; he started his career in marketing and now at 33 years old, he will in time takeover the family business.

The son of Brigitte Berthelemot, he started work work on the domain, located in Meursault, 2 months ago and was initiated in the world of wine with the 2017 vintage.

His background experience was with a big food group in Paris and an American electronic data processing company; he insists he has no intention of rushing things and says "I studied at a school of commerce in Angers (Main et Loire) because that was my sphere of interest and I needed to learn all about this activity and the stakes. As for the wine business there were many good sides to what Iwas doing but it was very different from dealing in wine: the spirit and the attraction of the product were not the same".

Since the Domaine Berthelemot was founded in 2007, Thomas had always nurtured the idea that one day he could follow in the footsteps of this mother: Brigitte at 63 years old is aware that she should hand over and she confined recently to the Bien Public:"in time, he will acquire all the experience to run the business and anyway for sales, marketing and work in the field, I am becoming old...".

A year on trial.

Thomas Berthelemot is today responsible for sales and for practical experience he has worked alongside site manager, Marc Cugney, on the vinification process of the 2017 vintage. "A wine maker needs to pay attention to detail; at this moment in time I am particulartly careful because with gold at my fingertips I cannot afford to make mistakes:l wine is somewhat infinite and I have the feeling that I would need a lifetime to understand everything" as Thomas states with modesty after receiving in Beaune his BPREA diploma in agriculture.

He is as much motivated by the work in the field: "I want to know everything about biodynamic methods of cultivation" he said, shortly after his mother had expressed her intention to adapt the domain to this technique.

 

The domain celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Ten years ago and mother of four, Brigitte Berthelemot made a dream come true in establishing her domain in Meursault:"When my last daughter had left home, my husband told me to go ahead and that he would mupport me - but I had to find the vineyards! Fortunately, it was thanks to Yves Darviot, a winegrower in Beaune who introduced me to another winegrower, Jean Garaudet in Pommard that I found what I wanted in 2006".

Ten years later, Domaine Berthelemot has built up a sound reputation with a total of 8 hectares in the Côte de Beaune area covering 14 appellations; for example, its red, Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2015 vintage was awarded a gold medal at the recent contest GRands Vins de France in Macon (Saône et Loire).

 

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui, September 2017
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui, September 2017

The September 2017 edition has selected 2 wines from Domaine Berthelemot for its 2012 vintage tasting list : Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white wine and Pommard Noizons.

 

The same edition features some superb photographs of our grape picking team, taken by Thierry Gaudillère in 2016.

Bettane & Desseauve, 2018 wine guide
Bettane & Desseauve, 2018 wine guide

Domaine Berthelemot is awarded 2 stars in the 2018 Bettane & Desseauve wine guide.

Of the many wines featured is Puligny-Montrachet les Levrons 2015 classified among the Côte de Beaune wines of the year and Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2015, best wines for laying down.

 

The report on tasting is as follows:

This domain consists in 8 hectares covering 16 climats located between Beaune and Santenay, cultivated in accordance with “agriculture raisonée”, environmentally friendly methods.

Established in 2006 by amalgamating vines formerly belonging to Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot, this domain has never ceased to progress by upholding  high standards of quality.

The white wines are pressed whole, fermented and raised in cask for 9 months and vatted for one month before bottling; the charm of these wines resides in their firm and delicate texture.

For the red wines, grapes are partially de-stemmed, the wine raised in cask – of which 20% are new -  for 12 months; destined to be laid down, they are well structured both in the fruit and substance.

*Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2015: marked 16/20 and classified among the best wines for laying down.

A warm bouquet of roasted black fruit, kirsch,leather, mild spices it is strong in substance; in the mouth it has glow with concentrated tannins – a time bomb!

*Puligny-Montrachet les Levrons white 2015: marked 16/20 and classified among the wines of the year in the Côtes de Beaune region.

Rather like an old champagne, it has a slight aroma of honey; it is full in the mouth, dense in texture with a long, elegant finish – a fine vintage to keep for several years.

Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2018 wine guide
Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2018 wine guide

Among the 5 wines  from Domaine Berthelemot which feature in the 2018 Guide Hachette, 3 have been awarded a star: Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white 2015,  Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2015 and Pommard Noizons 2015.

 

 

The entries are reported as follows:

The domain was established in 2006 by Brigitte Berthelemot by amalgamating the former estates of Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot; it consists in 8 hectares managed by Marc Cugney – a harmonious team judging by the regular progress from the outset.

*Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, white 2015: 1 star

One of the most reputable climats (or plots) of this appellation, the quality is identical whether in white or red; the 2015 vintage is crystalline with delicate aromas of acacia, hawthorn and grilled almonds and in the mouth clear cut and fresh with lemon, mineral and salty notes. May be served with grilled crayfish.

*Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2015: 1 star

When you are in Morgeot you are in Chassagne but when you are in the climat of the Abbaye de Morgeot you are in the heart of Chassagne.

The domain owns 53 ares of the land of this elegant wine: floral and citrus on the nose, delicately toasted and mineral; it is clean, full and sharp in the mouth with good persistence and characteristic, earthy finish. May be served with crayfish “à la plancha”.

*Pommard Noizons 2015: 1 star

Fresh fruit aroma on the nose mixed with liquorice notes; full, dense and elegant in the mouth, well structured with a long and fresh finish. A classic wine, may be served with roast beef and Madeira sauce.

*Meursault Les Tillets 2015

The climat is located above the village near the St.Christophe hill and the domain owns 26 ares; on the nose it is discreet at first then opens up with citrus and vanilla aromas; it is round and smooth in the mouth, slightly woody.

A light wine which may be served with trout “meunière”.

*Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne 2015

The name of this climat comes from the hunting rights given by the monks for the land around the Maizières abbey: “varenne” or “garenne” means a wooded area reserved for hunting.

An expressive wine with a combined wood smoke and floral flavour, fresh  and clean in the mouth with a mineral and lemon finish. May be served with oven baked salmon coated in coarse salt.

La revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois de juillet 2017 a retenu 6 vins du Domaine Berthelemot dans son carnet spécial Millésime 2016 : Le Monthelie rouge, le Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons, le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot, le Puligny-Montrachet 1er cu La Garenne et le Meursault Les Tillets et le Pommard Noizons.

 

Voici les commentaires :

 

- Monthelie rouge 2016 : 16.5 / 20 :

"Robe rubis intense. Arômes de fruits rouges et noirs frais, avec une note épicée. Bouche dense, équilibrée, précise, avec de beaux tanins fermes et nobles. Superbe village !"

 

- Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2016 : 16 / 20 :

"Nez intense sur les fruits jaunes, avec des notes pâtissières. Bel équilibre en bouche, avec un côté onctueux et de la tension en finale".

 

- Meursault Les Tillets 2016 : 15 / 20


- Pommard Noizons 2016 : 15 / 20

 

- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2016 : 14.5 / 20

 

- Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne 2016 : 14.5 / 20

 

Le journal Le Bien Public, dans son édition du 17 juin 2017, publie un portrait de Brigitte Berthelemot.

Le journaliste Thibault Simonnet écrit :

 

"Originaire de la région parisienne, Brigitte Berthelemot a racheté, à 53 ans, huit hectares de vignes et a créé le domaine Berthelemot.


 

"J'ai réalisé un rêve ancien et tenace. Je m'y suis beaucoup accomplie, épanouie." Pour Brigitte Berthelemot, qui dirige le domaine éponyme à Meursault, depuis dis ans, la vocation de devenir viticultrice était ancienne. "Quand j'étais enfant, on habitait dans les Hauts-de-Seine, je me souviens de mon père qui passait tous ses week-ends à jardiner. Il avait un vrai don."

 

"J'ai attendu mon heure"


Le vrai déclic se produit à 35 ans, en plein hiver, pour celle qui a grandi en région parisienne. "Un de mes oncles était propriétaire de vignes dans le Mâconnais (Saône-et-Loire) et nous nous y étions rendus en famille. Il faisait un froid horrible, il n'y avait aucune végétation. Nous étions ensuite allés à Tournus chez un restaurateur qui nous avait ouvert son plus beau flacon, que nous avions partagé ensemble. C'est là que je me suis dit : "Si un jour, je peux être vigneronne, c'est ce que je ferais". La première formation vitivinicole de Brigitte Berthelemot s'effectue loin de la Bourgogne. Elle étudie pendant trois ans en alternance au lycée agricole d'Amboise (Indre-et-Loire). "Je faisais les trajets entre Paris et Amboise, mais j'ai appris énormément. J'ai failli reprendre des vignes dans le val de Loire en 1992, mais j'ai renoncé à prendre un domaine. J'ai attendu que mon heure vienne." Cela viendra quatorze ans plus tard pour cette maman de quatre enfants. "Quand ma dernière fille a quitté la maison, mon mari m'a dit : "Vas-y, je te soutiendrai." Il fallait que je trouve des vignes, cela s'est fait par relation avec Yves Darviot, vigneron à Beaune, qui m'a présenté Jean Garaudet, vigneron à Pommard. J'ai été conquise par le parcellaire et j'ai racheté les vignes en 2006."

 

Vers la biodynamie


"Contente de l'équilibre parcellaire qui a été trouvé en dix ans", Brigitte Berthelemot veut désormais passer en bio puis en biodynamie. "Le bio est obligatoire avant d'arrêter de mettre des produits de synthèse. Je souhaite passer le plus vite possible en biodynamie. Un test va être effectué cette année sur une parcelle de Puligny-Montrachet Levrons."

Après dix ans à Meursault, le domaine a su se faire une place pas à pas. Brigitte Berthelemot a notamment reçu le soutien de l'association Femmes et vins de Bourgogne, qui regroupe trente-neuf vigneronnes de toute la Bourgogne. "Ce réseau m'a beaucoup soutenu, car il n'y a pas de concurrence entre les femmes. Quand j'avais une question technique, j'avais toujours quelqu'un pour me répondre". Et d'ajouter : "L'aboutissement, c'est quand on m'a demandé d'offrir le prix de la Paulée 2016 au journaliste et écrivain François Busnel. C'est un signal d'intégration favorable de la part de la communauté murisaltienne".

A 63 ans, Brigitte Berthelemot songe à passer la main un jour. "J'ai un fils qui vient de finir le BPREA (Brevet professionnel de responsable d'exploitation agricole) à Beaune et qui aura toutes les qualités pour reprendre à terme car en matière de marketing commercial, je commence à être vieillissante, tout comme pour travailler dans les vignes."

 

8 C'est le nombre d'hectare du domaine, sur six appellations.

45000 bouteilles sont produites en moyenne chaque année.

"On est plutôt à 23 000 depuis trois-quatre ans", concède Brigitte Berthelemot.



Difficile de vinifier l'appellation pommard ?

"On a plus de progrès à faire sur les rouges que sur les blancs", explique Brigitte Berthelemot, qui fait notamment référence à l'appellation pommard. "Il est difficile de vinifier les pommards, car il y a un glissement de la production à boire des vins plus jeunes. Avant, on gardait les pommards pendant 10 ans, là on se positionne au milieu, on n'a pas encore abouti à la meilleure expression. Je pense également qu'il ne faut pas uniquement se plieur aux exigences du marché? C'est une réfléxion compliquée".

Le Domaine Berthelemot parmi les "10 bonnes affaires en Bourgogne" dans le cahier spécial "Millésime 2016" de la RVF de mai 2017.

Le Beaune 1er cru Grèves et le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot sélectionnés et très bien notés !

Voici les commentaires des dégustateurs :

- Le Beaune 1er cru Grèves reçoit la note 15-16 :

"En prise de bois au nez, il est néanmoins porté par un jus sapide et profond. Il affiche une grande persistance et déjà la salinité du climat Grèves".

- Le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot reçoit la note de 16/17:

"On retrouve la marque de l'élevage dans une note d'amande. Bouche tactile large au fruité croquant. On apprécie sa terminaison nerveuse".

Domaine Berthelemot's Meursault white 2014 was awarded 15.5 in the Bourgogne Aujourd'hui May 2017 buyers' guide.

 

See the tasting notes:

 

"An expressive nose with lime tree and peach notes with a touch of white pepper. Leaving a rich coating on the palate."

 

The Belgian buying guide, Vins & Terroirs Authentiques (Spring 2017) selected three of our wines:

- Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches white 2015,

- Beaune Longbois white 2015, and,

- Monthelie rouge 2014.

 

Here are the notes and the tasters' comments:

 

-  Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches white 2015 : 17/20

"Light golden yellow, limpid and brillant. The limited maturation is noticeable immediately, illustrated by the notes of smoky toasted hazelnuts. The caramelization intensifies along with a touch of fresh almond. The palate is strong ans broad. An acidic structure balanced with richness and body. The wine opens up more on the finale, fully revealing dried fruit (toasted cashew nuts). A wine with an excellent future."

 

- Beaune Longbois white 2015: 16/20

"A shiny robe, pale yellow with green hints. The first notes reveal fresh pear and lime flower. Additional hints of butter and fresh almond appear after aeration. Perfectly balanced, the palate is suave and racy with a texture of grand elegance. The intense flovours of white and dry fruit are limitless giving an averal warm and opulent impression with a long acidic finale."

 

- Monthelie red 2014: 15.5/20

"A beautiful intense and deep robe, ruby/carmen with a blue meniscus. A blend of freshness, mature fruit (black cherry and plum). The deep and ripe nose has a light note of tobacco and fresh leather after aeration. A pleasant complexity and a pleasant palate. Structured, ambitious and has a good acidic/fat balance. Generous flavours of red and black berries and a pleasant fresh persistant and corpulent finale."

 

Coup de Coeur dans le Bettane + Desseauve 2017 pour le Meursault 2014 du Domaine Berthelemot !

 

Le guide Bettane + Desseauve 2017 attribue un Coup de Coeur au Meursault 2014 du Domaine Berthelemot et de très bonnes notes aux autres vins de la gamme.

 

Voici les commentaires :

 

"Le Domaine : Créé par Brigitte Berthelemot en 2006 en fusionnant les domaines Jean Garaudet et Yves Darviot, cette jeune entreprise s'étend sur 8 hectares de vignobles entre Beaune et Santenay, cultivés en agriculture raisonnée et certifié depuis 2009. Marc Cugney est chargé de la vinification des 16 climats de la gamme. Un domaine en constante progression dans l'affirmation d'un style où pureté et délicatesse prévalent.

Les Vins : Les blancs sont ici pressés entiers, fermentés et élevés en fûts pour une période assez courte (9 mois) avant une remise en masse en cuves pour un mois avant embouteillage. Ceux-ci séduisent par leur droiture et leur fraîcheur sapide. Les rouges, partiellement éraflés, fermentent en cuves avant un élevage de 12 mois en fûts dont 20% de bois neuf. Ils offrent une identité séveuse avec une densité de fruit compacte, et requièrent quelques années avant de pleinement s'exprimer.

Coup de Coeur :

Meursault 2014 : 15/20

Issu de raisins des Vireuils et Narvaux pressés et vinifiés ensemble, c'est un vin qui offre à la fois l'expression calcaire de Meursault et son ampleur argileuse et beurrée en milieu de bouche. Une superbe bouteille pour un niveau village !

 

- Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches blanc 2014 : 14.5/20

- Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches 2014 rouge : 16/20

- Beaune premier cru Grèves 2014 : 15.5/20

- Beaune Longbois 2014 : 13.5/20

- Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2014 : 16/20

- Meursault Les Tillets 2014 : 15.5/20

- Monthelie rouge 2014 : 13.5/20

- Pommard Les Noizons 2014 : 15/20

- Puligny-Montrachet premier cru La Garenne 2014 : 15/20

- Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2014 : 15.5/20

- Santenay premier cru La Maladière 2014 : 14.5/20

Domaine Berthelemot's Beaune Longbois white 2014 selected by the famous "Guide Hachette des Vins 2017" !

 

"The estate was created in 2006 by Brigitte Berthelemot who took over the vines of Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot: 

7.8ha, now managed with Marc Cugney. A complementary couple, according to the consistant results obtained since their arrival.

Perched up high, this climate produces a wine with an elegant aromatic expressoin: mineral notes, with light vanillia, citrus fruits, and pineapple. Evolving on the palate with elegant and finesse, underline by freshness. A tender and harmonious Beaune wine."

 

The 2016 July/August edition of the Bourgogne Aujourdhui magazine features a write-up on Domaine Berthelemot in the supplement dedicated to the 2015 vintage: 6 of its wines have been selected including the Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red wine, awarded a mighty 18 marks out of 20!

 

 

Domaine Berthelemot is categorized as one not to be missed in the Côte de Beaune area and comments freely translate, as follows:

 

This domain, established in 2006 by Brigitte Berthelemot and qualified in 2009  “agriculture raisonnée” for its environmentally- friendly cultivation standards, covers some very fine plots in the Côte de Beaune area. According to Marc Cugney, estate manager, when compared with the 3 preceding years the 2015 vintage was “serene and calm, a vintage without extremes but with the right amount of rain at the right time”. Grapes were harvested between 1 and 6 September.The vinification process  was also very easy “ smoothly without having to intervene” such that, as Marc Cugney admits he “ almost feels guilty, having had so little to do”. The Beaune Clos des Mouches red wine originates from vines of 40 years old on average and vinified with 30% whole grape clusters and 20% in new casks. The Clos des Mouches white wine which will be bottled end-July is also raised in casks of which 25% are new.

 

Comments on tasting and marks are as follows:

-Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red wine: marked 18 /20

“Fresh with a clean fruity note on the nose; intense and rich in the mouth with good tannins; one taster considered it as the ultimate in wine”

-Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, white wine : marked 16/20

« Fresh with delicate citrus notes on the nose ; crisp and fresh in the mouth with a hint of lemon at the finish”

-Beaune Longbois, white wine: 15/20

-Pommard Noizons, red wine: 15/20

-Beaune 1er cru Grèves, red wine: 14.5/20

-Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru La Garenne, white wine: 14.5/20

Le Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2014 du Domaine Berthelemot reçoit la note de 15/20 dans le guide d'achat de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois de mai 2016.

Le Pommard Noizons 2010 du Domaine Berthelemot reçoit la note de 17/20 dans le cahier spécial millésime 2010 de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui du mois d'octobre 2015.

 

 

 

Voici les commentaires élogieux des dégustateurs  :

 

Pommard Noizons 2010 : 17 / 20

"Robe dense, foncée. Nez expressif et fin, évoluant vers des fragrances de petits fruits rouges, avec une nuance épicée et florale du plus bel effet. La bouche est aromatique, avec des tanins bien ronds et une très belle longueur. Les calcaires bruns riches en oxyde de fer de ce secteur ont donné un vin à la fois élégant et charnu."

GUIDE HACHETTE 2016 edition
GUIDE HACHETTE 2016 edition

Four wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot are mentioned in the 2016 wine guide: Meursault Les Tillets 2013, Puligny Montrachet Les Levrons 2013, Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2013 and Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red, 2012.

 

Comments are freely translated as follows:

--> Meursault Les Tillets 2013: Produced from 50 years old vines, this 2013 vintage is discreetly floral and fruity on the nose ; it is also discreet in the mouth but brings out its supple and delicate features accentuated by a pleasant freshness ; rated a "Meursault plaisir" it should be served young in age.

Guide serving suggestion: pôchouse.

--> Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2013: Larva debris can be found in this plot which is located just below an ancient quarry which gave its name to the well known 1er cru Perrières. The domain cultivates 60 ares which produce this "village" wine with a delicate bouquet of acacia blossom, honey and vanilla, this graceful aroma enhances the mouth, supple and light with a vivacious touch.

Guide serving suggestion: trout fario baked in papillotte.

--> Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2013: This impressive stone building now a ruin surrounded by vines and known locally as an abbey, was in fact an old wine cellar belonging to the Abbey of Maizières in 1150. This climat, or plot, is a 1er cru in the historic heart of Chassagne. The wine has a discreet citrus aroma on the nose with touches of flowers, white fruit and bread ; it is forceful in the mouth, fat and concentrated with a long, pure and mineral finish ; it was selected for the coup de coeur finals.

Guide serving suggestion: crayfish curry.

--> Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches red 2012: This is one of the most extensive 1er cru appellations covering 25ha, the name is derived from honey-bees and the hives that used to be located on the Pommard side of the St Désiré hill. The domain is frequently mentioned for both its red and white wine ; insofar as the 2012 vintage redwine is concerned, this has a cherry aroma, slightly similar to kirsch, on the nose ; in the mouth it is full bodied, pleasantly smooth and fruity (the cherry aroma remains apparent but together with prune), with mellow tannins and a fresh, delicate finish - all in harmony and elegance.

Guide serving suggestion: rack of lamb cherries.

Guide Bettane & Desseauve, 2016 edition
Guide Bettane & Desseauve, 2016 edition

In the 2016 wine guide, Domaine Berthelemot are credited with ons star and a "coup de coeur" for its Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2013 vintage with comments as follows:

 

 

- The domain: This estate was created by Brigitte Berthelemot in 2006 and covers a large proportion of the Côte de Beaune area and lucky to have a number of very old plots. We are pleased to see how this domain has progressed with its pure white wines and delicate reds.

- The wines: A remarkable Clos des Mouches, of which the white wine is both mineral and pure and the red wine captivating all the finesse of the pinot noir grape. Note also Les Noizons from one of the best in Pommard not classified as 1er cru and which combines elegance with richness.

- Coup de coeur: Beaune 1er cru Grèves 2013 vintage marked 16 out of 20: 

Concentrated just as it should be on the nose and briskly full bodied in the mouth with a floral and cherry finish.

- Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, white 2013 marked 15.5/20,

- Beaune Longbois 2013 marked 13/20,

- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2013 marked 15/20,

- Meursault Les Tillets 2013 marked 15/20,

- Monthelie red wine marked 13.5/20,

- Pommard Les Noizons 2013 marked 15/20,

- Puligny Montrachet Les Levrons 2013 marked 15/20, and,

- Santenay 1er cru La Maladière 2013 marked 14.5/20.

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