Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru — 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • The topsoil in Charmes has a high iron content and a large proportion of limestone pebbles,indicating the proximity of the mother rock which has a high active-chalk component. The Mazoyères portion of the vineyard area boasts a topsoil that is lighter in color and texture but with greater depth.

    • Vineyards: Charmes-Chambertin and Mazoyères-Chambertin
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 30.83 ha (76 acres)
    • Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet)
    • Exposure: Eastern/southeastern
    • 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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  • Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2015 – 95 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "The cherry and raspberry flavors take on a slight confectionary quality in this lean, taut red. Though in lock-down today, there is concentrated fruit at the core and a long, vibrant finish. Spicy aftertaste."

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