2020 Olivier Bernstein, Grand Cru Horizontal, Seven-Bottle Assortment Case

2020 Olivier Bernstein, Grand Cru Horizontal, Seven-Bottle Assortment Case

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2020 Olivier Bernstein, Grand Cru Horizontal, Seven-Bottle Assortment Case

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This unique assortment case from Olivier Bernstein contains one bottle of each of the following Grand Cru wines:

All tasting notes provided by:

Adam Bruntlett, Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Dec 2021)

2020 Chambertin, Grand Cru

Olivier’s Chambertin in a wonderful example of power and elegance, the fabled iron fist in a velvet glove. The nose has finesse and purity, with tightly-knit dark berry fruit and floral perfume notes, along with a touch of toasty oak that should integrate soon. The palate is incredibly saline and fresh, with a layer of ripe, juicy and concentrated berry fruit over the top. This is a layered and complex wine which is presently a little backward but has such intensity and concentration that it will evolve into a wonderful example of Chambertin. Drink 2035-2060.

2020 Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Grand Cru

The vines from which Olivier sources his Clos de Bèze fruit are over 60 years old. This is showing well from barrel, with rich dark cherry fruit, floral touches of violet and peony, a dash of pepper and a grippy, cherry stone finish. There is a touch of blood orange and cocoa on the mid-palate, while the haunting perfume runs through the whole wine, retuning at the end to prolong the finish. Drink 2035-2060. 

2020 Mazis-Chambertin, Grand Cru

Olivier’s Mazis, partly made from his domaine vineyard, is as ever one of the highlights of the range. Made from venerable 80-year-old vines, it has a fascinating perfume of wild berries, garrigue herbs and floral touches. The palate is equally complex, with the addition of crushed chalk tannins and a mouth-watering acid freshness. The length is remarkable. Drink 2035-2057.

2020 Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru 

The rich and powerful nature of Bonnes Mares has been tamed and managed beautifully by Olivier, retaining the fundamental character without falling into excess. The nose is deep and brooding, with spicy floral notes and rich dark cherry fruit, along with a hint of dark chocolate and blood orange. The palate is dense and weighty, but with outstanding tension and purity that gives a Bonnes Mares of great finesse. Drink 2033-2053.

2020 Clos de Vougeot, Grand Cru

Olivier’s Clos Vougeot comes from two different plots located on the mid-slope towards the southern end of the Clos. The vines are 80 years old; their established, deep root systems are a key weapon in fighting dry conditions. This is showing a little reduction in barrel; a promising sign for ageing potential. The dark berry fruit is rich, spicy and with a touch of bramble too. There’s a keen thread of acidity running through the wine, adding a level of sophistication and grace to the broad-shouldered structure of the Clos. Drink 2032-2050. 

2020 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru 

Olivier’s Clos de la Roche is always a strong performer for me, and 2020 is no exception. The vines here are over 50 years of age and their roots reach deep into the limestone subsoil, always able to access water. The nose is beautifully perfumed with blue fruit and flora notes, along with a crushed chalk freshness. There is a wonderful purity of fruit here, and a firm, rigid structure that will need time to soften. Delicious saline to finish. Drink 2032-2050. 

2020 Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru 

The 50- to 60-year-old vines here are situated towards the top of the vineyard, just beneath Latricières. This is pure Charmes; the nose is explosively floral, with a sweet berry perfume and touches of violet and peony. The palate is very charming and seductive, with touches of crushed chalk and a lingering, saline finish. Drink 2030-2045.

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About this WINE

Olivier Bernstein

Olivier Bernstein

In a very short space of time Olivier Bernstein has established himself as a new star in Burgundy, receiving superb press notices from his very first vintage, 2007 from both Jancis Robinson and Allen Meadows among others.

The range focuses on six grands crus from the Côte de Nuits: a trio from Gevrey-Chambertin, specifically Charmes-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze; along with Clos de Vougeot, Bonnes Mares and Clos de la Roche. These are supported by three 1ers crus, three white wines and a single village cuvee from Gevrey-Chambertin. Naturally, production of each wine is tiny, considering the low yields coming from old vines.

Bernstein comes from a family of music publishers, but left a promising corporate career to study oenology in Beaune. After working harvest at Domaine Rouget, which enabled him to meet the late Henri Jayer, during the 2002 vintage, he moved to Roussillon to found his own Domaine, Mas de la Deveze. He returned in Burgundy in 2007 to establish a négociant business.

Since then, Olivier has managed to get close to his vineyard sources. He now manages the vineyard work for all but one of his sources and – a wonderful opportunity – has managed to buy two of the vineyards he has worked with since the start: Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux and Mazis Chambertin. It is rare for grand cru vineyards to change hands so this is a major coup.

These vineyards follow the common thread of old vines – more than 80 years old in the case of the Mazis – which enables Olivier to work with excellent raw material. During vinification the wines are very lightly handled, with a good proportion of stems included to maintain a lively thread throughout, while the barrels are made to order by master cooper Stéphane Chassin, who comes to taste the new vintage before deciding what type of toasting will suit each individual wine. The 1er and grand cru wines are matured in new wood from the start. This takes place in the new Bernstein headquarters, some marvellous reconditioned old cellars in the heart of Beaune.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook
 

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Burgundy

Burgundy

Burgundy never quite achieved its political ambitions of being a kingdom in its own right, but for many, the region produces some of the most regal red and white wines in the world.

In Burgundy there are 100 different appellations, numerous individual vineyards and more than 3,000 individual producers.  Around 15 million cases are produced annually from 26,500ha of vines in Burgundy, which is usually sub-divided into five regions: Chablis in the Yonne department; the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune in the department of the Côte d'Or; and the Chalonnais and Mâconnais in the Saone-et-Loire.

The world's most famous white wine grape may have originated in Burgundy, where there’s a village called Chardonnay (near Mâcon). This marvellous, full-bodied grape responds well to barrel ageing and can produce wines of great complexity that can age for decades. More often than not though, in recent times, the wines are better enjoyed in their youth. The simpler white wines of Chablis to the north, and the Mâconnais in the south, are usually made in stainless steel to preserve freshness.

The heartland for white Burgundy is the Côte de Beaune with its three great villages, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. Here the vineyard classification system really comes into its own. On the flattest land, the wines will be classed only as generic Bourgogne Blanc; as the slope begins to rise, the wines are designated by the name of their village. At mid-slope, the finest vineyards (whose wines are bottled separately) are categorised as Premier Cru (eg Les Charmes) or Grand Cru (Le Montrachet).

Though attractive wines can be found in the Côte Chalonnais (Mercurey, Givry), the great red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or. The line of magical villages which constitutes the Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges is practically a roll call of great names. The Côte de Beaune competes through such gems as Volnay and Pommard, which are adjacent yet contrasting villages: lacy elegance for the wines of Volnay, while sturdy and more structured in those from Pommard.

Whereas Burgundy used to be considered a veritable minefield because of the complexity of choice, these days it is more of a playground for the adventurous wine lover, thanks to the vast increase in number of quality-conscious, properly-trained producers.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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