I've been waiting a long time for this offer. In 2016 I had the pleasure of visiting with Amélie Berthaut at her family's small domaine in Fixin. To date, it was one of the most memorable visits I've ever had. Or course the wines tasted were an integral part of that, but it also marked a rare moment where I understood the obscurity of this vigneron was going to change at a pace like I've never witnessed before. Indeed, today's very small allocation of her 2016 vintage is proof of that.

A few weeks ago in Los Angeles I tasted through all of Amélie's 2016's in bottle with her importer. Coming off the heels of her fantastic 2015's, truly, I was not prepared for just how thrilling the 2016's would show.

Today, I'm happy to offer a very limited allocation of the 2016 Berthaut-Gerbet wines. Covered are humble appellations like Hautes Côte de Nuits through monumental vineyards such as Grand Cru Clos Vougeot, and her 1900-planted Vosne Romanée Les Suchots.

The elephant in the room today is the small quantities available. That's why I implore you to strongly consider going deep on the one wine with good availability, with possibly more coming this week: the 2016 Fixin Les Crais. The 2015 rendition was hands down the Burgundy highlight from customer responses last year. The 2016 personifies Amélie's unique strength in balancing sweet, forward fruit, with grace and underlying mineral tension. 

Fixin is Pinot Noir territory, and much like the wines from Gevrey Chambertin we see a dark and powerful expression from these rocky, marl-dominant soils. Les Crais is a 1.38 hectare lieu-dit with vines planted as far back as 1946 on extremely rocky and well-drained soils. 

Carved into stone at the domaine are the words, I
en faire vax miev que dir, “Doing right is better than talk.” Amélie proved again in 2016 her soft spoken nature and serious commitment to viticulture informs everything that's come to realization in bottle. This lineup is not to be missed.