Athénaïs de Béru - Chardonnay Bourgogne 2016
Organic, Practicing Biodynamic, Unfiltered, Unfined, No Sulfur Added
From the importer-
Coming from fruit from Julien Guillot in the Macon. This wine is mighty delicious and mighty symbolic of the struggles of the north in recent vintages. Purchasing fruit from cool growers then making it in your cool winery is a snapshot of the moment in France. It might not be ideal, but I wonder if we will look back someday and think about how cool and interesting these wines were that were born from necessity.
The Béru family has owned the historical Château de Béru domain for 400 years.
Until the philloxera crisis, when all the vines were uprooted, at the beginning of the 20th century, the domain used to rely solely on the wine for its revenues. It was only in 1987, that the Comte Éric de Béru, out of passion for wine, undertook to replant the entire vineyard, and in particular, the famous Clos Béru.
His wife, Laurence and their daughter Athénaïs are now running the domain. They have invested considerable means to improve the production quality and give a fresh start to the domain. These tremendous efforts and the choice to adopt organic farming are beginning to bear fruits, and are noticeable in the vintages that have been vinified by Athénais and her team since 2004.
Considerable improvements have been made since 2006, noticeably in the organic prevention of diseases, in the trellising, biodynamic practices, and in the soil work.