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DC -- Domaine Bertagna (Vougeot) Meet the Owner and Winemaker

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1522 14th St NW

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Domaine Bertagna is an historic estate, once the property of the Cistercian monks who founded the Clos de Vougeot in the 13th Century. Now its cellars and vineyards are in the shadow of the famous Clos and its ancient Chapter House, and owned by the Reh family.

Since 1982 Eva Reh-Siddle has managed the estate (her sister Annegret Reh-Gartner, manages Reichsgraf von Kesselstaat, one of the Mosel’s most important estates). Extraordinary investments have been made in fermentation technology and the vineyards’ management since the Reh family has taken charge of the domaine, and the winemaking has improved dramatically, emphasizing purity of fruit and expression of the specific
terroirs that they carefully cultivate.


The estate owns 21 Hectares of vineyards, all but 1 Ha are planted to Pinot Noir. The 1 ha of Chardonnay is split between the two Vougeot, 1er Cru Les Cras and Village appellation, and a small parcel of Corton-Charlemagne. Bertagna’s wines include five Grands Crus, seven Premiers Crus, two Village and two regional wines, stretching from Chambertin to Corton. The vines are worked with total respect for the environment and the preservation of the special terroirs. This means regular tilling of the soil to insure deep root penetration, and using only natural products to control any fungus or disease. No pesticides or herbicides are used.

After the flowering, just at the point the grapes are changing color (veraison) a green harvest is very strictly carried out to reduce the crop down to 8 bunches per vine. This ensures very low yields which average just over one half-bottle per vine. The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness, when the balance between sugar and
acidity is perfect, and with good quality tannins. Pickers provide the first sorting at the vine, and grapes are delivered to the winery in small bins so as not to damage the fruit. After the grapes arrive at the winery there is another selection at the table de triage (sorting table).

The fermentation process lasts 21 to 28 days depending on the ripeness of the vintage. The red grapes are 100% destemmed, then put into small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The must is then chilled to a temperature of about 10° for a cold maceration of 5 to 8 days to extract phenolic complexity. The tanks are covered with inert gas to prevent oxidation. Once alcoholic fermentation is started, initiated by natural yeasts, a regular (once or twice daily) pigeage (punching down of the cap of the must) keeps the juice in continual contact
with the skins. At the finish of the alcoholic fermentation, the vats are drained by gravity into casks in the cellars below.

For the white wines, after the sorting table they are lightly pressed, the juice settles 24 hours in tank to eliminate the gross lees, and the wine descends into casks in the cellar. The red wines of Villages and 1ers Crus appellations are aged in barrels with an average of 30-40% of new oak, with 50-80% new oak for the Grands Crus. The wines age for approximately 18 months in the French oak barrels, made by renowned coopers such as
Seguin Moreau, Dargaud & Jaegle, Ermitage, and Rousseau.

In general the clarity of the wines allow Domaine Bertagna to bottle without fining or filtration. Bertagna is best known for its subtle and elegant reds, from their regional Hautes Cotes de Nuits to their famous Grands Crus of Chambertin, Clos St. Denis, and Clos de Vougeot. Domaine Bertagna is also proprietor of one of the world’s rarest white wines, from the Cote de Nuits, their Vougeot 1er Cru Blanc “Les Cras”. Their village wines, from Vougeot and Chambolle, provide excellent price quality value. Their 1ers Crus, the Nuits Les Murgers, Chambolle Les Plantes, Vosne Beauxmonts, and their monopole Vougeot Clos de La Perriere rival the quality of most any other estate in the Cote de Nuits. Combining the age of the vines with low yields, very selective, gentle handling of the fruit, controlled fermentation, and finely-tuned aging, the Bertagna wines can be some of Burgundy’s most compelling, capable of aging gracefully for 20 or more years.

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This is a standing room only event. It is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry-level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well-informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.

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