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Chablis Clos Beru - Buon Vino Natural Wines
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Chablis Clos Beru 2008

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One Line Description Chablis Clos Beru 2008, biodynamic Chablis, a very rare old vintage, maturing beautifully. Top class natural wine.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Burgundy, France
Producer Chateau de Beru
Vintage 2008
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Terroir Kimmeridgien clay and limestone, high concentration of fossils
Maturation Old oak barrels
Annual Production 5 - 10,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 - 15 years confortably
Production Detail Biodynamic production, fermentation and maturing in wood
Natural Features Vegan


Chablis Clos Beru 2008, biodynamic Chablis, unique walled vineyard, natural richness and style, outstanding vintage. Unfortunately for us, these wines get better and better and more and more people want to drink them so they keep running out! We have literally a few bottles of the now deliciously mature 2008 left and it is a rare treat, being the first vintage that Athenais produced after switching to Biodynamic viticulture. really starting to show the complexity you would expect from this noble vineyard and such a mature vintage. This wine is also a step back in time and demonstrated the evolution of the Beru estate, with the use of wood fermentations, (used for the first time in 2007/08 and biodynamics). It is delicious by the way.

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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