About The Wine
The vines for Berthaut’s Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers come from below the middle of the slope of this climat and stretch all the way to the bottom (eastern) border of the vineyard. In this lower section the clay soils take on more color, from a brown to reddish tint—the latter suggests the presence of more iron oxide, which often seems to be another added layer of power and breadth in addition to the contribution of power and roundness naturally imparted by clay soils. The vines are still within the influence of the Combe Lavaux, which is a large contributor of some of the coarser-grained alluvial deposits in the vineyard and cooler air than what is felt within the grand crus on the main slope of Gevrey-Chambertin. Les Cazetiers starts at an altitude of around 300 meters and goes up to around 350. This higher altitude—even at the bottom—is where most grand cru vineyards top out due to more spare topsoils and the lower alcohol potential of the fruit at optimal ripeness—those grand crus need the extra half-degree or more of alcohol in cooler years to round out their body; however, this seems to not be a problem in the twenty-first century. Therefore, one can imagine (in theory) the juxtaposition of Les Cazetiers as a wine with upfront appeal, medium to fullish bodied, but with more textural and mineral lines in the palate and more crunchy fruit. The vines were planted in 1944 and 1986, offering perhaps a swap of less intensely vigorous and youthful energy for more sappy mouth feel and restrained complexity.