2009 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Blanc "Clos Berthet"

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Planted between 1972 and 1976, this old-vine vineyard, located around the corner, facing westerly, and lower on the hill than Sous Fretilles, produces a wine with a lot more mid-palate, and a great deal of material. While showing Pernand minerality, this also has weight, complexity and has integrated its oak very beautifully. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2011 | Send Email
Sourced from the only Premier Cru monopole for white wine in the area, the “Clos Berthet” will floor you with its power and density at half the price of the Corton!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2011 | Send Email
For top level white Burgundy on a budget, nothing beats Pernand Vergelesses. I feel that this wine has more in common with Corton-Charlamagne than many of our best Puligny-Montrachet's or Chassagne Montrachet's have in common with Montrachet itself. This wine is tight right now, but has stuffing that will unravel with a little time in your glass, or better yet in your cellar. My favorite thing about the wine is the trademark subtle nuttiness of Corton- something Chardonnay just does not get anywhere else. We served it with almond crusted ahi at home, and the nutty echo was perfect with the wine. Be careful with this one, you could get spoiled- and there is never enough Burgundy to go around!
Drink from 2011 to 2024

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2011 | Send Email
When buyers call wines "baby" this and "baby" that, I'm usually pretty skeptical. But I couldn't escape Burgundy buyer Keith Wollenberg's reference to this wine as a "baby Corton." A Tastevin award-winner, the Clos Berthet has a toasty rye spice that complements the butterscotch apple, pineapple and white grapefruit components perfectly. Classy, textured and ageworthy.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2011 | Send Email
An amazing value and beautiful wine you can drink now or age. Very fragrant and perfumed bouquet full of citrus and flowers. Very solid weight and richness with a honeycomb finish. Amazing acid and minerality to balance it all out!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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- The hill of Corton, an escarpment topped with a forest, overlooks the Grand Cru vineyard of Corton and the towns of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune. This is the first area south from the town of Beaune. Corton is the sole Grand Cru red of the Côte de Beaune. The southeast portion of this vineyard produces Grand Cru white, and is called Corton Charlemagne. Famous Premier Cru vineyards are Corton Bressandes, Corton Renardes and Corton Clos du Roi.
Alcohol Content (%): 13