About The Wine
As many who are familiar with Burgundy know, Clos Vougeot is a large grand cru vineyard and there are more than eighty owners, but who’s counting? Gerbet’s vineyard borders the R.N.74 and on the slight southwest-facing tilt away from the belly in the middle of the vineyard running north to south. I have had the fun of watching a few friends, Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay, while they did some field research for their book, “The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste,” drive through the belly of Clos Vougeot in their rental car as they followed me and David Duband on a tour. It’s clear that there are parts of this vineyard that are almost all dense clay topsoil and impossible for tractors with too much rain, let alone a rental car that spins and slides through the vineyard like it’s on ice. Thankfully, Berthaut-Gerbet’s parcel has an advantage in its position with that slight southwest-facing tilt. The middle and lower part of the vineyard appears to mostly be flat, but this little slope close to the road really pays off. To manage and work a little around the vineyard’s high clay content—to add more texture and aromatic x-factor to a wine that can be a behemoth—Amélie uses about 50% stems during the vinification. Clos Vougeot is always a worthy consideration. It offers great value for a grand cru and every grower puts in their best to sculpt it into grand cru form. With Amélie’s style that favors elegance over power, this would be a Clos Vougeot that tops my list.