The vineyards of the historic Domaine Bertagna once belonged to the Cistercian monks, famous for founding Clos de Vougeot in the 13th century. The estate’s cellars and vineyards are still located in the heart of the village nearby the Château and its ancient Chapter House, but the winery is today owned by the Reh family. Under the direction of Eva Reh-Siddle, this winemaking dynasty, which has numerous ventures across the globe, has invested significantly in modern technology and vineyard management. Coupled with an emphasis on purity of fruit for all terroirs and all vintages, the result is a collection of elegant, silky wines that are among Burgundy’s most compelling.

Bertagna produces wines from 18 wonderfully diverse appellations across the region, 12 of which are Grands or Premiers Crus. The estate is perhaps best known for its subtle, exemplary reds, from the regional Hautes Côtes de Nuits to the famous Grands Crus of Chambertin, Clos St. Denis and Clos de Vougeot. It also produces one of the world’s rarest white wines – Vougeot Premier Cru Blanc “Les Cras” from the Côte de Nuits. While the estate’s village wines from Vougeot and Chambolle offer an excellent price / quality ratio, the Premier Crus, the Nuits Les Murgers, Chambolle Les Plantes, Vosne Beauxmonts and monopole Vougeot Clos de La Perriere, rival many wines from the finest Burgundy estates.

In the vineyards, early pruning, eco-friendly farming practices and strictly controlled yields result in healthier fruit and, ultimately, enriched aromas and flavors. Grapes are completely destemmed, and following cold maceration of 3-7 days, fermentation is temperature controlled over a three-week period to ensure subtle extraction of flavor and tannins. In the chais (cellar), new, computer-controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks with automatic pigeage devices (for punching down the cap) allows fine extraction without pumping of the must or wine.

The Reh family’s reputation for perfection extends to the barrels. The use of new oak is judicious, with a third of the Domaine’s barrels renewed each year. Aging takes place over 15 to 18 months, and the wines are then racked and bottled without fining or filtration after assemblage in the stainless tanks. The wines of Domaine Bertagna are capable for aging gracefully of 20 years or more.


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