Domaine Berthelemot

Year Established: 2007
Location: Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy
Size: 8 hectares
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Certified Organic, Biodynamic practices
Vinification: Spontaneous fermentation, oak barrels (small percentage new)

Berthelemot is the rare young domaine in Burgundy, created in 2007 when the small properties of Yves Darviot & Jean Garaudet were merged. It was founded by Brigitte Berthelemot, aided by her estate manager and winemaker Marc Cugney. Brigitte’s son Thomas joined them in 2017. They have added plots in Beaune, Pommard, Meursault, Puligny, and Chassagne, including vines dating back to 1924 and 1948. Despite all these acquisitions, the domaine is still manageably sized at just under 8 hectares. From the start they have been committed to environmental sustainability, using biodynamic infusions against disease threats and preparations for the soil to enhance biodiversity. They began their official conversion to organic viticulture in 2018, gaining full certification in 2021. Native yeasts are used whenever possible. The reds are partially or totally destemmed, depending on the vintage. The wines rest on the lees in barrel (approx 20% new) for 12 months before racking, and are then bottled about a month later.  The bunches for the white wines are gently pressed and then left on the lees in cask (approx 25% new) for eight months or so before bottling.