Brigitte Berthelemot – 2020


Thomas & Brigitte Berthemelot 2021Tasted in Meursault Champs Lins with Thomas & Brigitte Berthemelot, 21 October 2021.

Domaine Brigitte Berthelemot
24 Rue des Forges
BP 30008
21190 Meursault
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Brigitte and Thomas on 2021:
21 was about 1/3rd of a normal harvest. The hill of Corton wasn’t so bad – we had about half a harvest here, except Sous Fretille which was terrible. We have to say that after devatting the wines are looking better than we could have hoped but the malic acid is strong this year so let’s see.

Brigitte and Thomas on 2020:
The surprise of the year was that we thought we would have no juice – but when we pressed, it came – such a very good surprise! We have less than in 2018 but we’re still happy! We started 20 August with the reds – Clos des Mouches and Monthelie for instance. Then on the 24th, we were back to the Clos des Mouches but this time for the white. We finished in August too!

The wines…

Perhaps not the same all-round impression as I had of the 2019s last year but still, these wines are close to excellent, showing fine clarity and are absolutely delicious – that latter aspect is the definition of this vintage – and it will be enjoyed!

All whites are bottled. Sealed, since 2019, with DIAM – 5 and 10 – 54mm for the 1er crus.

2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay Lepartie
From Puligny commune, a single parcel on the ‘right side’ of the route nationale.
A compact nose yet still nicely wide with a little zesty character. Fresh, incisive even, mouth-watering, melting with great flavour – that a lovely mineral wine – I like it a lot – real intensity of flavour for the label.

2020 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles
More airy and more open – delicate and enticing. Mouth-filling, juicy flavour, mineral/citrus hybrid. The finish is again completely delicious and persistent. A beautiful villages.

2020 Puligny-Montrachet Les Leuvrons
The oldest white parcel – 1947 of the domaine. Smaller grapes here.
Not so wide but here’s an extra depth to the yellow-citrus fruit. Another wine that’s mouth-filling, nicely textured and much more saline-mineral in style. Long finishing with the salinity…

2020 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Folatières
In the Ez Folatières climat next to Leflaive (above)
Here’s a nose that majors on the floral side but also shows a pretty accent of florals in the flavours too. Wider, complex, indeed finely divided complexity, almost a Vosne-style delivery – a very tine grain of tannin too. Mineral in the middle and finish always mouth-watering. Clean, wide and persistent in the finish – very good and tasty wine.

2020 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Abbaye de Morgeot
Like all the wines today – a little aromatically compact yet at the same time we have purity and finely divided aromatic complexity. Ooh – beautiful shape, texture, structure and clarity. A little like the first Puligny there’s plenty of salinity on display here. Fading into a narrow finish but not a short one – a long diminuendo here. Tasty!.

And a 2019 red to finish:

2019 Pommard Noizons
2 ha from 15 hectares at the domaine is here in Pommard villages
In part, the oldest vines of the domaine here. The largest parcel of the domaine too with practically 2 hectares.
Here is a, seemingly, different beast to the 20s I’ve been tasting; a more spiced width of aroma though perhaps with a suggestion of reduction. Certainly, something deep and dark – air brings a welcome change to more red fruit. Nice volume in the mouth, incisive like Abbaye de Morgeot – and growing in width and energy. Always faintly spiced, never overly structural – the colour is modest, so is the structure but there’s lots of flavour here. The finish holding very well. Super again.

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