2017 Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin

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2017 Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin

A cuvee blend of four small vineyards from Fixin (Clos du Village, Fixey, Aux Prés and La Sorgentière). --Berthaut-Gerbet 

At a Glance

  • Size: 2.6 ha (6.4 ac)
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Vine Age: Planted 1980-1990
  • Terroir: Blend of lieux-dits: Fixey, Le Village, Le Pré, La Sorgentière and La Vionne; with limestone and marl
    A type of limestone rock that contains a significant percentage of clay. The term marl (marne in French) can also refer to a clay-rich calcareous soil.
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  • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
  • Vinification: 100% de-stemmed
    grapes are separated from the stem
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--Becky Wasserman 

Back in the 19th century, Fixin was thought to rival the quality of Gevrey.

Today, Gevrey rolls off the tongues of Burgundy novices with ease, while it takes some time exploring Burgundy's back roads to discover the village of Fixin.

Wines, like Joliet's Fixin Clos de la Perrière and Gelin's Fixin Clos Napoléon, quietly cruised around for many years with a cult following among those in the know. With the arrival of Amélie Berthaut, though, Fixin has received a dose of energy that it hasn't seen in generations.

In 2013, at just 25 years old, Amélie Berthaut took over the majority of her mother and father’s separate estates to form Berthaut-Gerbet. Her wines from Fixin immediately created a major stir.

It's worth pointing out that even though she has become associated with Fixin, the domaine has holdings in heavy-hitting sites, including Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Petits Monts and Echézeaux. It speaks volumes that her Fixin bottlings are a large source of her fame.

What Berthaut does with Fixin is awe-inspiring. These are pure, refined, and mineral expressions of the village with just the right amount of rusticity to stay true to the nature of Fixin.

Amélie Berthaut’s wines are a joy to drink, and her 2017 Fixin is the perfect introduction to the domaine. The 2017 Fixin is bright, fresh, and wonderfully aromatic. Cherry and strawberry aromatics marry with darker plums and forest floor. The total package is as delicious as it is revelatory.

It’s rare to come across a wine that completely changes your perception of a region, but that’s exactly what happened when we tasted Amélie Berthaut’s Fixin. We never imagined that Fixin could show this level of class.