Wine Dine and Play: Domaine Bertagna

Domaine Bertagna

Premier Cru’s of Burgundy
Vougeot, Burgundy, France
Wine Style: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Average Price: $$ / €€
Overall Rating: 96 points
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Château or Vineyard Owner:
Eva Reh-Siddle

Domaine Bertagna was the second stop on my Burgundy wine tour of four Châteaux and part of the Village Appellation of the Côte de Nuits district (Dept. of Côte-d’Or). This appellation includes 4 Premiers Cru’s to include the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Vougeot which Domaine Bertagna is a part of. The commune of Vougeot also produces a Grand Cru appellations. This day I enjoyed the 2006 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière, my favorite of the tasting. 

Red Vougeot has close affinities with its illustrious near neighbors in the Clos de Vougeot, Musigny, Chambolle-Musigny, and Les Amoureuses. White wine growing, uncommon in this area, but has a long history going back to the Cistercian monks in the 12th century.

I visited Domaine Bertagna in 2010 as part of a tour, that also included Dijon and other sites. I enjoyed the wine owner walking us around the property, showing us the winemaking process, and tasting several wines in his cellar. He also gave me several blind tastings when I accidentally mentioned that I was studying and wanted to learn more about wines. It will still be along time before I’m ready for a Level One Sommelier test, but all the same, the blind tasting was a lot of fun, since he gave me some reserve wines to try as well. They have fantastic Pinot Noir, some of the best I tasted in my two days tours of the region. 

Some Information on the Domaine: 
AOC - Appellation Vougeot Premier Cru contrôlée.
Terroir - “MONOPOLE”
Between the Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru and the Musigny, there is well drained and stony soil.
Grape Variety - Pinot Noir 100%, 
The density of the vines: 10,000 stocks/hectare. 
Cultivating Techniques - Organic farming and strict yield control (green harvesting and de-budding).
Fermentation - Slow and soft vinification in thermoregulated tank Using only natural yeast from the grapes. Extraction by manual punch downs.
In the tank for 21 to 28 days.
Aging - French oak barrels of which 50% are new oak. 
Aging - 16 to 18 months
Total produced - 800 cases 

Wine & Grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palette Experience:
2006 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière
Winemaker Notes:  
black fruits aromas, truffle, and spices
Winemaker Notes:
Intense with grilled almond and underwood hints, with a nice minerality.
Tannins are delicate and silky which gives a very nice character to this wine

I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman - which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert.

Overall Star Rating:
96 points
5 of 5 Stars: 
An Extraordinary Tasting Experience
Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
89 points for 2003
86 points for 2006
Decanter World Wine Awards
95 points
94 points for 2003
Wines Produced
Red: Pinot Noir
White: Chardonnay

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Bottle Prices 
(excluding taxes)
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
**Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

Wine Selection:
Currency rates in the top wine producing & wine purchasing countries:
Price Chart :
2006 (750 ml) 1er Cru Clos de la Perrière

European Union (EUR)
United States Dollar (USD)
Australian Dollar (AUS)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
R 1041.00
South African Rand (ZAR) 

Currency rates as of July 2017 

Domaine Bertagna:

16 Rue du Vieux Château 
21640 Vougeot, France

Tasting Room Information:

Tasting room:
+33 3 80 62 86 04
+33 3 80 62 82 58 
Email Contact:
Tasting Room hours:
France Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - BST Offset + 1:00)
Fri - Wed: 
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Social Media:

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