Domaine Berthelemot Beaune Longbois Blanc 2013
Brigitte Berthelemot is a passionate wine lover who all her life dreamed of owning a winemaking estate. Fate and luck sometimes do conspire, and Berthelemot was able to fulfill her dream through the acquisition of some of Burgundy's finest old-vine terroirs.
The retirement of two great winemakers, Yves Darviot and Jean Garaudet, allowed the winemaking torch to be passed from one generation to another. Berthelemot purchased their vineyards, and following the construction of a state-of-the-art winery in Meursault, is continuing their great work.
Marc Cugney, a winemaker with decades of experience in Beaune and New Zealand, is the estate winemaker.
While the city represents the epicenter of wine production in Burgundy, the term, “Beaune” also refers to the specific sub-appellation of the greater Côte de Beaune, whose vineyards climb up the pastoral slopes that border the city to its west. Originally founded as a Roman camp by Julius Caesar, the city of Beaune eventually became the seat of the dukes of Burgundy until the 13th century. Today it is home to top négociants such as Louis Jadot, Joseph Drouhin, Louis Latour, and Bouchard Père et Fils.
The appellation, dominated by Pinot Noir plantings, represents a lovely and charming place to begin to understand red Burgundy. Its sandy soils create light and supple, floral driven Pinot Noir. These wines are designed to be enjoyed within five to 10 years. The vineyards of Beaune span a broad swath of Premier Crus from Savigny-lès-Beaune to its border with Pommard.
Chardonnay acreage here has been increasing here in the more recent years.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.