About The Wine
With parcels planted as far back as 1993 and as recently as 2005, Berthaut-Gerbet’s Fixin “Les Clos” is located within one of Fixin’s two combes, this one located on the far northern end of the appellation, close to the border of the Marsannay appellation. In contrast to the village vineyards that go into the blend of their entry-level Fixin, Les Clos is close to the commune’s northern comb, the Combe de Laveau—not to be confused with the Combe Lavaux, from Gevrey-Chambertin. More possibilities for confusion? It’s the Burgundian way. The altitude is on the higher side at 310 meters or so, and this is interesting to note because all the premier crus in the appellation sit above 300 meters, the apex of many of the grand crus in the Côte d’Or. As mentioned on the Wasserman website, there’s a lot going on here from a geological perspective. In short, six faults within one vineyard and a mashup of topsoil that was either deposited there from out of the comb along with variable amounts of clay, sand, silt, gravel, limestone cobbles deposit by waterways, and angular fragments brought up from the bedrock below. The grapes are fully destemmed, naturally fermented and aged around twenty months in total, with twelve of them in fût de chênes, about 20% of which are new. So how does it taste? It’s an upright wine, and a bit more vertical, stony and minerally than the Fixin village wine. It has clean lines and is sleek, charming and flush with refreshing red fruit characteristics and a straight, but suave mouth feel.