Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champeaux” — 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Champeaux is situated in what is still a wild place, with dry stone walls and stone cabottes, at the extreme northern end of Gevrey-Chambertin on a terrace at an altitude of 340 meters (1115 feet). One has the impression of finding oneself in a discrete, protected little field hidden away on the Côte d’Or. The vineyard is on the mid-slope of the hill, towards the northern end of Côte St-Jacques. 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, containing a mix of red and brown earth.

    • Vineyards: Les Cazetiers
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 6.67 ha (16.5 acres)
    • Vine Age: 55 years
    • Elevation: 340 meters (1,115 feet)
    • Orientation: East/northeast
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2013 winter was mild and humid. Budbreak took place later than usual, at the beginning of May. Spring began rather cold and rainy, especially in May. In all our plots, we were careful to have good grass presence in order to absorb water. Flowering was especially long because of low temperatures, beginning mid-June and ended in early July. Thanks to a nice summer, veraison took place in optimal conditions. The Burgundy harvest in 2013 began a month later than in 2011 and two and half weeks later than in 2012. We started on September 28 with Mazis-Chambertin (one of our oldest vines). Thanks to a wonderful and dry month of September, the sanitary state of the vines was good. We harvested beautiful grapes in our premier and grand crus from Côte de Nuits. Fortunately we finished just before the heavy rains that started around October 10.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 28-October 6
    • Average Yields: 35 hl/ha (2.59 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: No heating, only temperature control to avoid the temperature rising above 31 C (87 F); 50% whole cluster; indigenous yeast
    • Maceration: 5-7 days cold maceration; total maceration of 20-22 days
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 16 months in 100% new oak from the forests of Jupiles and Fontainebleau
    • Coopers: Stéphane Chassin
    • Filtration: None
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 500 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine is rich, full in color, masculine and spicy. It is powerful, but the tannins are supple. The bouquet is intense, while in the mouth it leaves a sensation of roundness. This is a stylish wine that possesses keeping qualities similar to a Grand Cru. “Les Champeaux” is a great Premier Cru.

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  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux – 2013 – 91-93 points – Burghound.com

    "... restrained, pure and cool array of red and dark berry, underbrush, earth and sauvage elements … mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with sap … lingering and balanced finish. This is really quite good."

  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux – 2013 – 17.5 points – JancisRobinson.com

    "Some real depth to this. Vibrant and utterly charming. Not too forced. It’s a definitely modern rather than earthy style but you can still see the vineyard. Juicy and full of life."

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