Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champeaux” — 2015

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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

    • 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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  • Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champeaux” – 2015 – 95 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "Smoky oak is well-integrated into bright black cherry, black currant and mineral flavors, backed by firm, resonant tannins. Fresh and linear, with a long, fruit- and spice-tinged aftertaste. Should reward patience."

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