Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Lavrottes” – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • This vineyard is situated within Chambolle-Musigny, just beneath the Grand Cru site of Bonnes-Mares. The name of this climat comes from the fact that there was once a lava quarry here, now filled in. There is a shallow covering of soil overlying hard rock; however, crevices in the hard Jurassic limestone allow the roots to reach deep within the sub-soil. Boulders and gravel ensure good drainage. Bernstein has less than one hectare under production of 15-year-old vines. He is, to our knowledge, the only one to bottle this climat under its lieu-dit name, hence it is in some ways his “monopole” in Chambolle-Musigny.

    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: Less than 1 ha
    • Vine Age: 15 years
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • As early as spring, the 2014 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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  • Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Lavrottes” – 2014 – 94 points – Wine Spectator Online

    "Rich and suave, with cherry and black currant fruit swathed in an inviting layer of spicy oak. A little shy now, but another year or two should coax all the nuances out. The fine length shows this wine's ultimate potential..."

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