Domaine Berthelemot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne 2019
France / Burgundy
Andy's Tasting Notes
Less than 6 bottles available. Always a Premier Cru where minerality is to the fore, yet there is plenty of richness and texture that can be teased out of the glass also! This wine has an engaging citrussy texture with a nice balance of mineral and spice.
Producer notes – Production: The Garenne vineyard is quite high up the slope of Puligny with thin stony soil over limestone bedrock so the style is quite tight and mineral. A Garenne was a wooded area of an estate used for hunting. Grapes are hand-picked and sorted twice, once in the vineyard and then on a sorting table in the winery. Domaine Berthelemot is a relatively new (2006) domaine of 7.8 hectares with vineyards in some of the classic AOPs of the Côte de Beaune. Chardonnay grapes are very gently and slowly pressed and the juice goes straight into cask with neutral yeasts. A slow, cool fermentation is followed by lees bâtonnage until July and he has separate temperature controlled cellars for reds & whites. 25% of the oak for whites is new each year.
Producer notes – sustainability: As well as the Agriculture Raisonnée certification awarded in 2009, the domain is committed to the specifications of the HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale) programme and it attained Level 3 in 2015. The estate started conversion to organic agriculture in 2018 and the wine will be organic with vintage 2021.
Price per bottle £61.50
3 in stock
Berthelemot is a young domaine, created as recently as 2006, as a result of the merging of the mature holdings of the Jean Garaudet and Yves Darviot estates. As well as initial acquisitions in Beaune, Pommard, Monthélie and Meursault, in 2012, the estate purchased established plots in Puligny, Chassagne, and again in Meursault to meet the demand for its white wines.
The success of the domaine is down to the hard work and talent of its founder, Brigitte Berthelemot, together with her estate manager and winemaker, Marc Cugney. The vines are planted in limestone soils in very good sites at a density of around 10,000 per hectare, they are kept in top condition, and the team responds quickly to regular analyses of the soil and the vines in order to assess appropriate cultivation methods using the bare minimum of herbicides and phytosanitary treatments.
Although each harvest differs in regards to the degree of maturity and the levels of sugar, acidity and tannins within the grapes, the goal is always to produce the best wine possible reflecting the nature of the land and the characteristics of the year.
Food matchTop quality white fish in a cream sauce