"Very pure and unforced"
- 2015 Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes

Posted by Ian McFadden

Bertheau's wines are the archetypes of just how graceful and pure Burgundy can be.

It's a style that flourished in 2015.

I hunted down Bertheau's 2015s with a single minded focus. I was especially after the Charmes, which serves as a perfect summary of Bertheau's style. It was with Bertheau's 2015 Charmes that we kicked off our 2015 Burgundy offers.

A couple of weeks ago, someone I had hounded about Bertheau's 2015s came to me with this parcel of Charmes. Naturally, I jumped on it. Pricing is seriously sharp - the lowest around by a long shot.

In 2012, I took a flyer on a back-vintage parcel of Bertheau and the wines immediately became an obsession of mine.

Few producers do purity and transparency better than Bertheau, and I've always loved the Charmes for how it dramatizes these qualities. It's easy to imagine the 2015 being completely stunning and boldly delivering all of the haunting beauty and finesse of Chambolle as it ages.

Having tasted a multitude of 2015 red Burgundies over the past couple of months, the wines live up to all of the buzz. 2015 is one of the great red Burgundy vintages of the past three decades. The vintage boasts an incredibly concentrated profile with plentiful, but refined tannins, and a staggering amount of freshness and elegance for such a ripe vintage. It's a dream brew.

The problem with Bertheau is that production of his 1er Crus is small. His parcel in Charmes is only 0.66ha and in a vintage like 2015, where demand is huge and yields were modest, nailing down decent quantities is hard work and holding on to stock can be a massive challenge.

Bertheau's wines age beautifully on their harmony and precision. I expect this to be a legendary vintage for the wine. I suggest that you jump on this because I don't see our parcel lasting very long.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits