2019 Château de Béru Orangerie Chablis13435
WINEMAKER: Athénaïs Béru
REGION: Burgundy, FR
VITICULTURE: Certified Biodynamic
The vineyard is located 300m above the sea level and around the castle. The vine plot is surrounded by a wall dating from the 12th century. The soil is made up of Kimmeridgian bed rock plunging under an island of clay on the surface. The wine is aged 12 months in 350L oak barrels and 6months in tank on fine lees and bottled with minimal sulphur.
The Béru family have owned the historical Château de Béru domain for 400 years. At the beginning of the 20th century when the phylloxera crisis hit all the vines were uprooted leaving the estate without its source of income. It was only in 1987, that the Comte Éric de Béru, out of passion for wine, undertook to replant the entire vineyard, and in particular, the famous monopole vineyard Clos Béru. His wife, Laurence and their daughter Athénaïs are now running the domain. Athénaïs was living in Paris as an insurance broker until 2004 when her father passed away, and she decided to move back to Béru to reclaim the vineyard, which included the painstaking task of converting it to organic, and then biodynamic (now demeter certified). Her first vintage was 2005 and in the years that have followed she has become one of the most revered and influential winemakers in Chablis.