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Bourgogne Epineuil Athenais de Beru 2018 - Buon Vino Natural Wine
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Bourgogne Epineuil Athenais de Beru 2018

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One Line Description Bourgogne Epineuil Athenais de Beru 2018, organic wine, natural wine, low sulphites, soft texture, medium body, supreme poise and balance, our pick over expensive Cotes de Beaune any day.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country France French
Region Burgundy, France
Producer Chateau de Beru
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Vines located in the town of Épineuil, deep south-west facing terrain of medium slope, kimmeridgian clay-limestone soils
Total Sulphur Level 30 mg/litre approx
Maturation 12 months in old oak barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Delicious in youth, would age very well over 8-10 years
Production Detail Whole bunch natural fermentation in a truncated wooden vat using Indigenous yeasts, no additive during wine making, gentle extraction, light remontages and punching down of the cap, total maceration of 2 to 3 weeks, no fining, no filtration, low sulphites
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Unfiltered


Bourgogne Epineuil Athenais de Beru 2018, organic wine, natural wine, low sulphites, soft texture, medium body, supreme poise and balance, our pick over expensive Cotes de Beaune any day. The town of Epineuil lies just north of Tonnere, actually not that far from the southern tip of the Champagne region. This is pretty far north for Pinot Noir so the wines tend to have a crunch to them, rather than the soft fleshiness of the Cote d'Or further south. But when I taste these wines from Athenais, they are always generous, in fruit, in zing and in texture. They are very low in sulphites and you taste that in Pinot Noir, it renders the wine very lively and just a touch earthy. This is simply beautiful red wine, the 18 vintage was generous and for early drinking so this Epineuil is already singing.

Chateau de Beru is a 400 year old domaine hosting some of the best terroir in Chablis. It is a magnificent estate, full of grandeur and history. The ornate rooms are filled with paintings and furniture that date back centuries. Staying there is like stepping back in time to pre-revolutionary France with 4 poster beds and stunning views across the walled vineyards and hills of Burgundy. For centuries the potential of the beautiful 17th century estate went unrealised until in the 1980s Count Eric de Beru, fuelled by his passion for wine replanted the vines including the unique walled vineyard, Clos Beru! When he became ill the vineyards were rented and the grapes sold to the cooperative until in 2004 his daughter Athenais took over and revolutionised the estate, finally realising its great potential.

After a visit to Argentina and an encounter with coffee farmers using biodynamics to produce their beans, she returned home and despite some resistance convinced her parents that the future of their wine lay in biodynamic production.

Athenais has been working the 15 hectares of vines with biodynamic methods since 2008 and since then the quality and purity of the wines has soared. She is blessed with fabulous Chablis terroir, calcareous-clay soils of the Kimmeridgien era (notably with deposits of fossilised oysters dating back 150 million years ago) at 300 metres above sea level. Only using natural methods including horse rather than tractors, can this hallowed ground be protected and maintained. The wines are pure and alive and marry intensity with immense finesse. Athénaïs has also joined the 'Femmes et Vins de Bourgogne' (Women and Wines of Burgundy) an association set up to enable talented female wine makers - who are unfortunately still scarce in Burgundy - to share their experience and passion. Recently she has started to ferment a very small amount of fruit with the skins in Amphorae to make tiny quantities of orange wines, watch this space, we will get some, although not much!

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