Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Chambertin Grand Cru – 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • One of the two greatest vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin (the other being Clos de Bèze), facing east on a gentle slope just under the wooded heights; the upper-portion of the slope features deep, partially alluvial, partially scree soils; rocks are of Bathonian origin. Lower down are clay-limestone soils in varying proportions; marls and limestones belong to the Bajocian period with numerous marine fossils on the surface.

    • Vineyards: Chambertin
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Elevation: 280 meters (918 feet)
    • Exposure: East/southeast
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • As early as spring, the 2015 vintage appeared to be precocious. A particularly sunny and dry month of April favored the vines (the budding and flowering were ahead of schedule). These magnificent climatic conditions gave hope for a beautiful harvest. We already knew that a green harvest would be necessary to “lighten” the vines. The head start acquired during the beginning of the cycle was slightly lost with a typical Burgundy summer: wet and chilly without much sunshine. The ripening of our parcels began with a good rhythm during the end of August. Ideal maturing conditions returned in September with a promising harvest starting on the 13th. We began with the Mazis-Chambertin where we found a very nice balance and an agreeable freshness. Our grapes, already sorted several times directly on the vines over the summer, were once again rigorously sorted by our team of harvesters. The grapes were ripe, healthy, and aromatic. We decided to keep 30% of the stocks for all the batches (50% for the Bonnes-Mares). The result is a very beautiful and classical Burgundy vintage!

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  • Chambertin Grand Cru – 2015 – 98 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "Macerated cherry and currant flavors are the hallmarks of this intense red, accented by mineral and spice. Shows a limestone element, with the finish featuring a chalky sensation and a stony note to match the fruit and oak spice."

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