This is one of those times when it’s good to be me. I was invited to Palm Beach for 2 days to meet Olivier Bernstein and sample his 2017 Vintage. I came away with two impressions: Palm Beach is right out of the old TV Series “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and the wines of Olivier Bernstein have improved dramatically since my first encounters with them. And so I sauntered in to the tasting room at The Breakers around 11:15 for a 11:30 am start. Two glasses of Gosset Brut Champagne later we were being seated with the following array of wines before us., an “Embarrassment” of Grand Cru!
Gevrey Chambertin Village, Gevrey Chambertin Champeaux,, Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers, Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin,, Chambertin Clos de Beze, Mazis Chambetin, Clos de la Roche, Clos Vougeot and finally a Corton Charlemagne! Very nice lunch. And this lineup of wines was Serious Stuff. Olivier is changing the way things are done in Burgundy
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In a very short space of time Olivier Bernstein has established himself as a
new star in Burgundy, receiving superb press notices from his very first vintage, 2007 from both Jancis Robinson and Allen Meadows among others.The range focuses on six grands crus from the Côte de Nuits: a trio from Gevrey-Chambertin, specifically Charmes-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze; along with Clos de Vougeot, Bonnes Mares and Clos de la Roche. These are supported by three 1ers crus, three white wines and a single village cuvee from Gevrey-Chambertin. Naturally, production of each wine is tiny, considering the low yields coming from old vines.Bernstein comes from a family of music publishers, but left a promising corporate career to study oenology in Beaune. After working harvest at Domaine Rouget, which enabled him to meet the late Henri Jayer, during the 2002 vintage, he moved to Roussillon to found his own Domaine, Mas de la Deveze. He returned in Burgundy in 2007 to establish a négociant business.Since then, Olivier has managed to get close to his vineyard sources. He now manages the vineyard work for all but one of his sources and – a wonderful opportunity – has managed to buy two of the vineyards he has worked with since the start: Gevrey-Chambertin Les Champeaux and Mazis Chambertin. It is rare for grand cru vineyards to change hands so this is a major coup.These vineyards follow the common thread of old vines – more than 80 years old in the case of the Mazis – which enables Olivier to work with excellent raw material. During vinification the wines are very lightly handled, with a good proportion of stems included to maintain a lively thread throughout, while the barrels are made to order by master cooper Stéphane Chassin, who comes to taste the new vintage before deciding what type of toasting will suit each individual wine. The 1er and grand cru wines are matured in new wood from the start. This takes place in the new Bernstein headquarters, some marvellous reconditioned old cellars in the heart of Beaune.
ALL WINES ARE 2017 VINTAGE
*Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 98)
Corton Charlemagne is one of the longest lived white wines in Burgundy. And this example held its own against the barrage of reds consumed. As powerful and complex and interesting as any of the red wines. The nose was steely and mineral laced. In the mouth there is big power and a little caressing note of butterscotch. Acidity, power, precision are all displayed making this a wine of great class.
*Chambertin Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 98-99)
This is a majestic wine as should be the case with Chambertin. Shows its pedigree right away with the dark color, deep, aromas of crushed fruits like blackberries, black cherries, and plums. Brawny, yet still classy, an act only Burgundy can pull off. There is exceptional length, complexity and style make this a WOW WINE!
*Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 97)
Chunky, deeper in color and more powerful than the Charmes, the Mazis takes charge with its brooding black fruits, grippy tannins and complex minerality. The fruit is tart but has all the density to sweeten over time. The finish is seemingly endless.
*Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 95)
The structure of all the wines is impressive and this is no different. Still a little closed with coaxing you will start to reveal, cocoa, sweet candied fruit and fine minerality. The pedigree is certainly there and will reward patience and a good cellar.
*Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 95)
The nose is pleasantly earthy with hints of truffle, forest floor and hay. But then there is a rush of ripe, dark Bing Cherries and finely weaved tannins that add both structure and complexity. Violets and wet stones add the minerality and the fine acids on the finish leave the mouth fresh and ready for the next.
*Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
(Jim Sirna 96)
Most expressive aromatic profile of the group. Fine acidity, nice balance and layered with savory fruit flavors. There is density and power, but also poise. This will be able to be consumed and enjoyed much earlier.
*Gevrey Chambertin Village
(Jim Sirna 92)
Nice nose of violets and crushed red fruit. A surprising structured with hints of bitter sweet chocolate and succulent, tart mixed berries. Powerful, a touch rustic with grippy tannins and a long, lingering finish..
*Gevrey Chambertin Les Champeaux 1er Cru
(Jim Sirna 94)
Deepest color of the 3 Gevrey, typical of this vineyard. A more candied nose than the above. In the mouth it is thicker, richer and more ample. Really more ready to drink now. Good powerful tannins and blended nicely with the juicy fruit for a wonderful complex finish
*Gevrey Chambertin Lers Cazetiers 1er Cru
(Jim Sirna 94)
This wine is much more restrained and will require patience. Everything is there, Fruit, acidity, tannins but this vineyard is known for its longevity and this is to be aged more like a Grand Cru. I went back to this a hour after being poured it and it had softened considerably and was offering up much more. But still a HOLD BOTTLE.