The Berthauts were first documented in Fixin in the 18th century but they have reason to believe they go back much further. Amélie is the seventh known generation of Berthauts. She does not have any siblings or cousins .
Born in 1988, Amélie obtained her DNO (engineering masters in oenology) in 2011. She was now set on succeeding her parents but she wanted to experience a different approach to Pinot Noir. She took a job for six months in New-Zealand, at Crater Rim. “I learned more about tasting there than during my oenology studies,” she says. “Théo Coles, the winemaker, taught me how to taste the tanks throughout the winemaking process and that’s when I started to really think about winemaking and the changes that could be implemented at Domaine Berthaut: tannin extraction, mouthfeel, etc.” She took over the winemaking at her family domaine in 2013. Since then, there was a massive rise in quality, and each year we are eagerly looking forward to tasting her wines en primeur! To us she is one of the biggest talents around in Burgundy. Also, Fixin might seem like a minor appellation, even though historically the wines from here used to be more famous than Gevrey-Chambertin and Amélie is working very hard on restoring the reputation.
Amélie produces some of the most seductive, beautifully perfumed wines in Burgundy. This Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, which comes from parcels at slightly higher elevation where we find a cooler micro climate, makes for a delicious lunch-time Pinot with all it's cranberry, rosehip and red cherry flavours.