Berthaut-Gerbet, led by Amélie Berthaut, was born from the combination of her mother and father’s estates, Domaines Denis Berthaut and François Gerbet. An engraving on the wall in the tasting room truly personifies Amélie’s approach to her winemaking: Rien par force, tout par amour, meaning “nothing by force, all by love”. The Berthaut side of the family has a long history in Fixin, from where this cuvée is drawn. Often an overlooked village within the north of Burgundy, Fixin can produce wines of mediocre quality yet in the right hands of those such as Amélie Berthaut, the wines express delicate yet expressive examples. A blend of four lieu-dits (parcels) planted between 1980 and 1990, the wine sees no new oak and is entirely de-stemmed. These choices in the winery lead to a perfumed and pure-fruited example with generous red berry fruits leaping forth from the glass.
Fixin has long lacked an iconic domaine as its reference point. With Berthaut-Gerbet in the hands of Amélie Berthaut, that may soon be a thing of the past.