About The Wine
It’s a pity there is so little of Berthaut-Gerbet’s Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots available. The vines are on the average around sixty years old but many were planted in the year 1900—not bad for such a fabulous site within one of the world’s most talented vineyard areas. Sandwiched between the grand crus, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Échézeaux, its classification as a premier cru seems correct. Perhaps in another commune it would be a grand cru, but not among the grand cru giants of Vosne-Romanée. One only has to find this good-sized vineyard on Google Earth to see that it’s in the direct path of the alluvial fan just north of the village with a notable belly more or less at the center all the way down the slope. Even though I’m a terroir junky, I know that regardless of the terroir, it is the producer that one must follow, and Domaine Berthaut-Gerbet warrants full attention from anyone serious about Côte d’Or Burgundy with a little bit more than change in their pocket. Les Suchots is a fine premier cru, worth its weight, especially at this domaine, where it still maintains a bargain price relative to other fine growers in the appellation. In general, Les Suchots has more body and a little more curvature than those premier crus further up the hill.