Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers” — 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Unlike “Les Champeaux” on its terrace, here the vines are on a steep slope. The name indicates a fortified location, being not far from the château of Gevrey-Chambertin. Situated high on the slope within the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. The soil composition varies greatly heading down the slope, with whitish marl at the top, rock outcrops in the middle and more alluvial soils near the bottom. The soil also features small stones that aid drainage and reflect the heat generated by the eastern exposure.

    • Vineyards: Les Cazetiers
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 10.07 ha (24.88 acres)
    • Vine Age: 80 years
    • Elevation: 300-360 meters (984-1180 feet)
    • Exposure: East
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • In January, the weather was cold yet dry, the sun’s rays gave us courage during the 2017 pruning season. Despite a vigorous winter and a rainfall deficit, the vineyards were able to restore their reserves for the upcoming growth phase. The early warm spring-like temperatures initiated a noticeable advance in the vineyards. Our plot of Champeaux began to flower towards the end of the month of May: the 2017 vintage promised to be early. The emerging grapes were numerous. This year, Richard and our team did several «green harvests» in order to reduce the number of clusters and to concentrate the quality.

      Summer was punctuated by several heat waves, but luckily the few rain showers came at the most opportune moments, allowing the maturation to continue at a steady pace. The 10th of July was a close call, a hailstorm just barely missed our Clos de la Roche!

      After a last tasting of the berries from the vines, the harvest date was set for the 6th of September beginning with our plot of Mazis-Chambertin. The clusters were loose, the grapes magnificent, and the stems had begun to turn brown… everything was present for a superb vintage.

      The beautiful maturity encouraged a short vatting (18 days) with a very delicate extraction. The 80% of whole-clusters harvest highlighted the fruity expression in our wines. After racking, we held a tasting with our cooper, Stéphane Chassin, in order to decide the best type of heating for our casks. We decided on a very light toasting to help bring out the subtility of the vintage. After several months in the barrel, the result surpassed our hopes. The wines offer a delicate and airy nose composed of diverse fresh fruits. On the palate, the balance is perfect: the tannins are fine and satiny and the length is impressive. This is truly elegance!

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  • Olivier Bernstein Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers” – 2017 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    Perfumed with rose, sandalwood and red berry notes, this is silky and elegant. Lays across the palate like a gossamer scarf, featuring beautifully integrated tannins and a long, detailed aftertaste that reveals a minerally accent. Shows terrific harmony and complexity. Best from 2022 through 2040. 450 cases made, 47 cases imported.

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