- Oliver Bernstein
- Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
- Pinot Noir
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Antonio Galloni, March 2014,
The 2011 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze brings together the best qualities of this site as seen through Olivier Bernstein's very personal style. Blue/purplish fruit, cloves, violets and new leather all flesh out in a gracious, refined Bèze with considerable near and medium-term appeal. Overall, the 2011 relies more on finesse than power, which is somewhat uncharacteristic for Bèze. Drink 2021-2031
Burghound, January 2013,
Like the Mazis this is a seriously complex wine with brilliantly layered aromas of spice, earth, dark berries, underbrush, dried floral hints and leather. Moreover the texture of the medium-bodied flavors is ultra-fine yet there is plenty of power and authority, particularly on the mineral-inflected, austere, serious and amazingly persistent finish. The Mazis is excellent but there is quite simply another dimension of depth and length present here. Drink 2025+
Stephen Tanzer, March 2014,
Good dark red. Deep, complex aromas of red cherry, red- and blackcurrant, smoke and minerals. Spicy and soil-driven, with terrific minerality and acid spine keeping the wine sharply delineated and youthfully imploded. Really razor-sharp focus here. For all its acidity, this still hints at a silkiness to come. Finishes with a multidimensional perfume of herbs, pepper, mint and minerals, and terrific grip.
Jancis Robinson, November 2012,
Very dark purple. Meaty and juicy. Special and with wonderful density. Very sweet beguiling start and a tannic finish but lots of allure in the middle. Savour and not too sweet. Lots of concentration and firmness. Dense and upright. Awfully but inspiringly youthful. Should be exciting in the long term. Drink 2022-2040
Olivier Bernstien set up his small, elite négociant business in Beaune in 2007, and over the past ten years has gained a reputation for his stellar clutch of exquisite premiers and grands crus from the Côte de Nuits. The 2012 release put him firmly on the map, and since then he has met the challenges of each subsequent vintage with aplomb, producing wines of disarming beauty and grace. The most recent release, his 2016s, mark a high point in the canon, where glossy fruit is perfectly paired with luxurious but refined oak (he uses 100% new French oak, in barrels custom made for each cuvée by the cooper Chassin).
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
Gevrey-Chambertin has more Grand Crus than any other appellation in Burgundy. Unusually wines from Clos de Beze may simply call themselves Chambertin, which is an indicator of the quality of these vineyards. One of the most complete of all the Grand Crus, rivalling the revered Romanee-Conti, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze wines are the pinnacle of Pinot Noir - fragrant, powerfully complex and intense.