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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Spécial Millésime 2014
Spécial Millésime 2014

Quatre des vins du Domaine Berthelemot sont cités dans le cahier spécial "Millésime 2014" de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui de Juillet-Août 2015 !



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Revue du vin de France
Revue du vin de France

The March 2015 edition selected 3 wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot for the special supplement “Beaune 1er cru et Villages”


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Decanter revue
Decanter revue

In the February 2015 edition, 2 wines  2013 vintage, from the Berthelemot domain  were awarded 91 marks out of 100 : Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons and Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot. 

 

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine January 2015 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine January 2015 edition

In the buyer’s guide of the January edition, Domaine Berthelemot were awarded 16.5 marks out of 20 for its white Meursault, 2012 vintage with the following comments:

 

“Produced from 2 fine plots (Narvaux and Vireuils) this wine is characteristic and pure on the nose with some floral notes; in the mouth it is both rich and crystalline with a very harmonious effect”.

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November 2014 : « Bourgogne Aujourd'hui » journal
November 2014 : « Bourgogne Aujourd'hui » journal

Domaine Berthelemot and its new white wine references already feature  in the November 2014 edition of   “Bourgogne Aujourd’hui”.

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GUIDE HACHETTE 2015 edition
GUIDE HACHETTE 2015 edition

Domaine Berthelemot is credited with one star in the 2015 Guide Hachette for its Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Abbaye de Morgeot  2012 white wine.

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BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 2015 Guide
BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 2015 Guide

A « coup du cœur » award in the Bettane & Desseauve 2015 wine guide for the Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches, 2012 vintage red wine, produced by Domaine Berthelemot.

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine July 2014 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine July 2014 edition

Three wines from Domaine Berthelemot are highlighted in the special feature dedicated to the 2013 vintage.


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La Revue du Vin de France - April, 2014 edition
La Revue du Vin de France - April, 2014 edition

The April 2014 edition of La Revue du Vin de France includes a feature on wines from Meursault and Domaine Berthelemot’s Meursault «  Tillets »   appellation, 2011 vintage, has been selected and awarded 13.5 marks out of 20 with the following mention:

“very fine on the nose with a chalky note; overall, it has body;  a classic, with good aroma and a little dry on the finish”.

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Bourgogne Aujourd'hui – December 2013.
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui – December 2013.

The December 2013 edition of the « Bourgogne Aujourd’hui » magazine features a special revue on the “winegrowers of the year”.

Domaine Berthelemot is one of them! Herewith a free translation of  what is said:

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Mondial des Pinots 2013” competition : Bourgogne Aujourd'hui prize awarded to Brigitte Berthelemot (Meursault)
Mondial des Pinots 2013” competition : Bourgogne Aujourd'hui prize awarded to Brigitte Berthelemot (Meursault)

Brigitte Berthelemot established her domain in 2006 when she took over the vineyards  of Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot in the Côte de Beaune district.

Several events in her life prompted her to follow the route for which she was not predestined, as is often said: her father was a banker and devoted gardener at weekends; visits to an uncle in Verzé in the Mâconnais region – charming but austere – in January and the freezing cold; her teacher Christian Chaussard at the viticulture academy in Amboise (Touraine region) who inspired her call for the land.

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Brigitte Berthelemot: a safe bet!
Brigitte Berthelemot: a safe bet!

“Looking back..” stated somewhat drily Marc Cugney,winemaker and domain  manager “..2011 was a much easier year if compared to 2012 and even 2013”. It should be remembered that the domain suffered severely  in 2012 and 2013 through hailstorms which hit the south part of the  Côte de Beaune district, chiefly in Pommard and Beaune with crop losses as high as 70% in 2013.

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Hachette wine guide, 2014 edition
Hachette wine guide, 2014 edition

For the 2014 edition of the “ Guide Hachette des Vins”  we have been awarded 2 stars for our Bourgogne  Hautes Côtes de Beaune, red, 2010 vintage and one star for our Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red, 2010; two other vintages are  are also cited in the guide: our Pommard Noizons 2010 and Beaune 1er cru  Clos des Mouches, white wine, 2011.

 

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Le Bien Public report 18 January 2011
Le Bien Public report 18 January 2011
Marc Cugney from Meursault states: "...a token of gratitude"
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Le Bien Public
Le Bien Public
Le Bien-Public, quotidien régional, a le 16 mars 2009, consacré sa dernière page au domaine Berthelemot. Cet article a retracé le parcours de Brigitte Berthelemot, précisé les objectifs, les valeurs du domaine. Quelques extraits de cet article titré « La passion du chardonnay et du pinot »!
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Le Bien Public
Le Bien Public
Cinq femmes, dont Mme Berthelemot, ont suivi un stage de conduite de l'enjambeur en sécurité organisé par la CFPPA (Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de promotion agricole).
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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.

Spécial Millésime 2014
Spécial Millésime 2014

Quatre des vins du Domaine Berthelemot sont cités dans le cahier spécial "Millésime 2014" de la revue Bourgogne Aujourd'hui de Juillet-Août 2015 !



Le Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2014 obtient la note de 16/20 et les commentaires suivants :

"Arômes fruités, épicés, floraux, élégants... en bouche, le grain est gourmand, rond, soyeux, le tout avec une belle longueur et beaucoup de finesse."


Le Beaune Longbois et le Monthelie blanc obtiennent la note de 15/20, et le Meursault blanc, la note de 14.5/20.


Ces vins vont être mis en bouteilles fin juillet et seront disponibles à la vente à partir de septembre prochain.


N'hésitez pas à nous contacter dès à présent pour vos réservations.

Revue du vin de France
Revue du vin de France

The March 2015 edition selected 3 wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot for the special supplement “Beaune 1er cru et Villages”


 

-Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red wine 2012: 14.5 marks out of 20

 

-Beaune 1 er cru Grèves, red wine 2012: 14 marks out of 20

Decanter revue
Decanter revue

In the February 2015 edition, 2 wines  2013 vintage, from the Berthelemot domain  were awarded 91 marks out of 100 : Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons and Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot. 

 

 

On behalf of the Decanter revue, 556 wines of 2013 vintage were judged by the sommelier Gérard Basset and the marks of 91/100 were awarded to Domaine Berthelemot with the following remarks:

 

-Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2013: the whole is elegant with notes of white truffles, pear and greengage; crisp on the palate with a spicy finish.

 

-Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2013: mineral taste with ripe fruit (nectarine andpeach), full and tender with a spicy finish. 

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine January 2015 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine January 2015 edition

In the buyer’s guide of the January edition, Domaine Berthelemot were awarded 16.5 marks out of 20 for its white Meursault, 2012 vintage with the following comments:

 

“Produced from 2 fine plots (Narvaux and Vireuils) this wine is characteristic and pure on the nose with some floral notes; in the mouth it is both rich and crystalline with a very harmonious effect”.

 

Voici les commentaires des dégustateurs :

 

"Originaire de deux beaux climats (Narvaux et Vireuils), ce vin présente un nez pur, avec des notes florales. La bouche est à la fois cristalline, riche et enveloppée, pour donner un ensemble très harmonieux."

November 2014 : « Bourgogne Aujourd'hui » journal
November 2014 : « Bourgogne Aujourd'hui » journal

Domaine Berthelemot and its new white wine references already feature  in the November 2014 edition of   “Bourgogne Aujourd’hui”.

 

In the tasting list for the 2012 vintage Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Saint Aubin appellations, 3 wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot are mentioned:

-Puligny-Montrachet village, Les Levrons: marked 16.5 out of 20

« A fine example of a Puligny-Montrachet wine. It has elegant aromas, mainly floral and in the mouth it is long, smooth, rich and delicate”

-Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru, La Garenne: marked 14.5 out of 20

-Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru, Abbaye de Morgeot: marked 14.5 out of 20

 

GUIDE HACHETTE 2015 edition
GUIDE HACHETTE 2015 edition

Domaine Berthelemot is credited with one star in the 2015 Guide Hachette for its Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Abbaye de Morgeot  2012 white wine.

 

The domain entry states:

Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2012 white wine (one star):

The domain was established in 2006 by Brigitte Berthelemot with estates taken over from Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot; 7.8 ha managed by Marc Cugney – a good team, judging from the consistency of the domain’s performance since the outset.

A sound development for the domain is this 2012 vintage produced from a plot of 53 ares once belonging to an old Cistercian abbey.

Pale yellow but bright in colour the wine first opens with pineapple and white flower notes; in the mouth it is full and delicate, rich,fat, supple and very fresh: this is a refined wine  ready to be appreciated at table.

Puligny-Montrachet Les Levrons 2012 white wine: a well-balanced bouquet and without excess, opens up  with citrus and white flower notes; in the mouth the wine is supple and cleanly fresh, not ostentatious but a wine with finesse.

Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches 2011 red wine:  this famous, large sector of 25 ha owes its name to flies  which,  in reality were honey- bees, attracted by fruit trees which used to grow there; Domaine Berthelemot cultivates a plot of 73 ares with pinot noir vines from which is produced this premier cru, with an aroma of cassis, cherry and flowers, round, rich and concentrated in the mouth.

BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 2015 Guide
BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 2015 Guide

A « coup du cœur » award in the Bettane & Desseauve 2015 wine guide for the Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches, 2012 vintage red wine, produced by Domaine Berthelemot.

The entry for the domain states the following:

Domaine Berthelemot was established in 2006 by Brigitte Berthelemot mainly with land in the Côte de Beaune area and fortunate in having some very old plots.

We are impressed by the progress this domain has made with its white wines always more pure and its red wines still finer.

The wines: a remarkable Clos des Mouches, mineral and pure for the white wine and for the red wine, all the delicacy of the pinot noir grape is preserved; a good choice is also the Pommard Noizons, one of the best sectors outside of the premier cru classification, and which combines richness and class.

“Coup de Coeur” awards:

Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches 2012 red:  16/20: pleasant fruit fragrance, floral, long in the mouth, rich but delicate, elegant and subtle; should develop well.

Beaune premier cru Clos des Mouches 2012 white: 15.5/20

Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Abbaye de Morgeot 2012 white : 14.5/20

Pommard Noizons 2012 red : 15.5/20

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine July 2014 edition
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine July 2014 edition

Three wines from Domaine Berthelemot are highlighted in the special feature dedicated to the 2013 vintage.


 

*Our Puligny-Montrachet “Les Levrons” 2013 white wine is classified in the top appellations concerning Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Saint Aubin: it is marked 15.5 with the following comments: “All the wines produced by Domaine Berthelemot are of excellent quality and its Puligny-Montrachet is no exception to its standard being both rich and fresh, pure and delicate”.

*Our two 2013 vintage red wines, Monthelie and Pommard “Noizons” were each awarded 15 marks.

La Revue du Vin de France - April, 2014 edition
La Revue du Vin de France - April, 2014 edition

The April 2014 edition of La Revue du Vin de France includes a feature on wines from Meursault and Domaine Berthelemot’s Meursault «  Tillets »   appellation, 2011 vintage, has been selected and awarded 13.5 marks out of 20 with the following mention:

“very fine on the nose with a chalky note; overall, it has body;  a classic, with good aroma and a little dry on the finish”.

 

Voici les commentaires :

Meursault Tillets 2011 : note 13.5/20

"Nez fin, délicat, avec une sensation crayeuse. Du poids et de la mâche. Classique, plus gourmand que fin, avec une petite sécheresse en finale."

 

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui – December 2013.
Bourgogne Aujourd'hui – December 2013.

The December 2013 edition of the « Bourgogne Aujourd’hui » magazine features a special revue on the “winegrowers of the year”.

Domaine Berthelemot is one of them! Herewith a free translation of  what is said:

 

“In 2006, Brigitte Berthelemot took the plunge and left her work in the bank to start a new career in wine; she bought out two domains belonging to Jean Garoudet and Yves Darviot and hired winemaker Marc Cugney who had formerly been with a well-known winery in Beaune.

Since this time the team has well proven its worth and recently, had again distinguished itself during the tasting session (BA 114) for wines from the Beaune appellations, 2011 vintage; the methods of cultivation in the field and the skill in the cellar are the reasons for the team’s success. Just like the domain’s superb  white, Clos des Mouches…..

As good news is often followed by more, so we learn that the domain now has some fine new plots in Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne, the first vintages in 2012.

This is a good demonstration of a new domain which has  known how to establish a sound reputation in a short space of time.”

 

 

In the same edition, Domaine Berthelemot is awarded 16.5 marks for its Pommard Noizons 2011 vintage with the following comments:

“On the nose, the wine has very pure, red fruit aromas; it is very intense in the mouth with a well balanced length. Truly a fine wine.” 

Mondial des Pinots 2013” competition : Bourgogne Aujourd'hui prize awarded to Brigitte Berthelemot (Meursault)
Mondial des Pinots 2013” competition : Bourgogne Aujourd'hui prize awarded to Brigitte Berthelemot (Meursault)

Brigitte Berthelemot established her domain in 2006 when she took over the vineyards  of Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot in the Côte de Beaune district.

Several events in her life prompted her to follow the route for which she was not predestined, as is often said: her father was a banker and devoted gardener at weekends; visits to an uncle in Verzé in the Mâconnais region – charming but austere – in January and the freezing cold; her teacher Christian Chaussard at the viticulture academy in Amboise (Touraine region) who inspired her call for the land.

It was not until 2006 after her youngest child had left home that she decided to take the plunge: “I came across these 2 estates, met Marc Cugney now my domain manager and winemaker and found a cellar in 2007 just before the grape harvest. I was very lucky” said Brigitte Berthelemot. With a woman who knows what she wants and a skilful  winemaker, this enterprise could only be a success – which it became.

In the field, as  in the cellar, Domaine Berthelemot has to be pragmatic and while the  methods of cultivation become more and more natural every year, it is  not always possible to  avoid the use of certain synthetic products, for example the use of selected yeasts for winemaking. As Marc Cugney explained: “contrary to some winegrowers, we have no secrets” adding that his methods are not revolutionary but simply just right.

The domain is certified for “agriculture raisonnée” and Marc Cugney believes in letting the natural processes prevail during winemaking stating: “the essential part of our work is focused on the vine; good quality grapes mean 80% of our work is done”.

Raising time for the wine is quite short, between 11 to 12 months for whites and  a little more for the red wines; Marc Cugney prefers to “bottle the fruit when it is fresh and delicate; too long a time  for raising may risk hiding the different characteristics of each plot of land”.

Today, the domain covers 7.8 hectares.

Several new appellations were added in 2012 to the range of wines: Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru white La Garenne,   village appellation white Levrons, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru white, Abbaye de Morgeot and Santenay 1er cru red Maladière.

 

Beaune 1er cru red, Clos des Mouches 2011: awarded a gold medal with 90.2 marks/100

Pommard village Noizons 2011: awarded a silver medal with 88.6 marks/100

Brigitte Berthelemot: a safe bet!
Brigitte Berthelemot: a safe bet!

“Looking back..” stated somewhat drily Marc Cugney,winemaker and domain  manager “..2011 was a much easier year if compared to 2012 and even 2013”. It should be remembered that the domain suffered severely  in 2012 and 2013 through hailstorms which hit the south part of the  Côte de Beaune district, chiefly in Pommard and Beaune with crop losses as high as 70% in 2013.

Brigitte Berthelemot added: “ 2011 was also for our domain  the fifth full year of work  on the vines and I believe that with all we have done in the field, without the use of fertilizers, the soil condition has vastly improved  and the vine less vigorous”. That year, the grape harvest started early, end August and as Marc Cugney explained: “the vegetation was at the end of its growth cycle and for the pinot noir the potential alcohol content had no longer progressed even though the grape skin was ripe”.

The domain is a producer of red wines, full bodied with fruit, pleasing and robust such as the superb Clos des Mouches; the white wines have deep fruit notes, distinguished in taste while preserving a lot of the mineral qualities.

*Beaune 1er cru white Clos des Mouches awarded 16.5 marks

Bright gold colour; pure and rich  on the nose; in the mouth it comprises everything a superb Clos des Mouches needs, rich and fruity with a saline, mineral note.

*Beaune 1er cru red Clos des Mouches awarded 15.5 marks

Fresh aromas of red fruit and flowers; the wine is delicate and rich in the mouth with good length.

*Beaune 1er cru red Bélissand awarded 14.5 marks

*Beaune 1er cru red Grèves awarded 14.5 marks.

Hachette wine guide, 2014 edition
Hachette wine guide, 2014 edition

For the 2014 edition of the “ Guide Hachette des Vins”  we have been awarded 2 stars for our Bourgogne  Hautes Côtes de Beaune, red, 2010 vintage and one star for our Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red, 2010; two other vintages are  are also cited in the guide: our Pommard Noizons 2010 and Beaune 1er cru  Clos des Mouches, white wine, 2011.

 

 

Comments are translated as follows:

 

-Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, red 2010**

 Established in 2006, this new domain has already been awarded stars and a ‘coup de cœur’ for its Monthelie 2009 vintage. Now, 2 additional stars have been given to Brigitte Berthelemot and estate manager Marc Cugney who run a domain of 7.8 ha of which 1.03 ha are allocated to this splendid Hautes Côtes wine with an engaging colour of deep  cherry red  with a pinkish hue; it is equally engaging on the nose with fine and penetrating red fruit, black-currant and violet notes. In the mouth it is keen, slky, fresh and full and its length is conducive to a wine of this nature, smooth and lively.It will reach perfection if laid down for 2 to 5 years when it may be served with roast fowl and mushrooms.

 

-Beaune 1er cru Clos des Mouches, red 2010*

Established in 2006, this new domain is run by Brigitte Berthelemot and her estate manager, Marc Cugney – an efficient team, judging by the consistency of their work since the beginning. Their Clos des Mouches, one of the most reputed in this appellation, are distinguished in both red and white. The pinot noir is a clear ruby-red and on the nose gives off a complex fragrance combining rose,violet, humus and spices; in the mouth it is supple and fresh at the start, attractive by its lightness even though the finish suggests that it may be laid down for one or two years. Regarding the white wine, Clos des Mouches 2011, on the nose this is rather like an autumn stroll in a forest with flowers and undergrowth; on the palate it is delicate and full bodied with notes of pear, fresh butter and vanilla.

 

-Pommard Noizons 2010

Established in 2006, this domain has built up within a few years a solid reputation in the Côte  de Beaune district. In their new premises located in the Meursault plain, the Berthelemot-Cugney team have raised a Pommard wine of character with intense fragrances of raspberry and black-currant, slightly spicy; in the mouth it is strong and lively on account of the early tannic effect which needs to evolve. Should be served after 3 years with hare “à la royale”

Le Bien Public report 18 January 2011
Le Bien Public report 18 January 2011
Marc Cugney from Meursault states: "...a token of gratitude"

 

 

"Manager of Domaine Berthelemot in Meursault, Marc Cugney supports the application of the Brugundy vineyards for listing in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

He is employed by a young, but now reputable company, Domaine Berthelemot established by Brigitte Berthelemot who started her career in finance before devoting herself to the winetrade and taking on Marc Cugney, an accomplished winemaker; a reputation has already been built up for the domain's Pommard "Noizons" and Beaune "Clos des Mouches".

Marc Cugney is responsible for producing a number of appellations for which Burgundy is renowned - the reason for his commitment: "As soon as we heard about the project, we felt it our duty to become involved and took part in several meetings chaired by Aubert de Villaine, who had already done a lot of work for this application which is in our mutual interest from a number of aspects, whether concerning the land itself or its development over the centuries. It was by long practical experience that different areas were first defined before being more scientifically recognized later."

For Marc Cugney, listing by UNESCO would be: "A token of gratitude for both the human and natural element involved in the evolution of the land concerned".

A strong supporter of this local heritage, he adds: "Listing would be a means of considerably enhancing and preserving the Burgundy winelands".

An illustration is given from the winemarker's vantage point: "Take Meursault where we grow 2 wines "Charmes" and "Tillets" in two different plots in the same commune; the plot for "Les Tillets" is on high ground above the premiers crus and the wine is  drier and mineral in taste. The plot for "Les Charmes" is located halfway up the slopes and the wine is richer and fatter and yet both plots are next to each other, the height difference no more than 80 meters but the wine is not at all the same: this is what characterizes Burgundy wines - with the same vine in the same commune the wine can be quite different!"

Convinced by the value of the application, Marc Cugney concludes: "Everyday we endeavour to help the project progress by the methods we use to manage the different plots and raise the wines according to the characteristics of the appellations, because this is the way winegrowers must work if the integrity of the area is to be preserved."

Le Bien Public
Le Bien Public
Le Bien-Public, quotidien régional, a le 16 mars 2009, consacré sa dernière page au domaine Berthelemot. Cet article a retracé le parcours de Brigitte Berthelemot, précisé les objectifs, les valeurs du domaine. Quelques extraits de cet article titré « La passion du chardonnay et du pinot »!

 

" Brigitte Berthelemot séduite par la région et passionnée par le chardonnay et le pinot noir, a créé son domaine viticole à Meursault.

- Deux vignerons exceptionnels: « J'ai rencontré deux personnes exceptionnelles, Jean Garaudet et Yves Darviot, vignerons de Pommard et Beaune qui m'ont mis le pied à l'étrier. »
- Respect de la tradition : « Il me restait à respecter l'histoire du terroir en intégrant les normes et les contraintes de production imposées par la société d'aujourd'hui. »
- Des objectifs majeurs : « Concocter de produits de belle facture à l'image du précieux savoir-faire et de l'expérience de Marc Cugney. »
- Tradition et filiation : « Le millésime 2007 laisse augurer un bel avenir pour le domaine Berthelemot. »

Le Bien Public
Le Bien Public
Cinq femmes, dont Mme Berthelemot, ont suivi un stage de conduite de l'enjambeur en sécurité organisé par la CFPPA (Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de promotion agricole).

Cinq femmes, dont Mme Berthelemot, ont suivi un stage de conduite de l'enjambeur en sécurité organisé par le CFPPA (Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de promotion agricole).

« 100% féminin :  c'est donc un groupe 100% féminin qui s'est attelé à découvrir les subtilités de la conduite de l'enjambeur lors de neuf demi-journées de cours.»

L'objectif principal de cette formation est avant tout l'utilisation d'un enjambeur en toute sécurité. Les stages se sont déroulés autout de plusieurs points importants : la prévention et le démarrage du véhicule, les manoeuvres et prise de rang, mais aussi sur les différents types de labours, sur les traitements, rognages et même sur la tarière.

La conduite de l'enjambeur n'est pas réservée qu'aux hommes. Et les femmes le prouvent bien !                                   

BERTHELEMOT : Great wines from Burgundy - 21190 MEURSAULT
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