The village of Béru, just a few kilometres from Chablis, has found its place on all the world's greatest tables since Athénaïs de Béru took over the destiny of the family Château and its Chardonnay vines. Year after year, her style has been refined and asserted, to sign today vibrant wines bearing high the colours of the Kimmeridgian terroirs of her heartland...
|Cultivated grapes||Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir...|
|Certifications||Organic agriculture (AB), Demeter|
|Our favorites||Montserre "sans soufre", Chablis Amphore|
In Béru, at the end of the Grande Rue, is the eponymous château, where Athénaïs lives, representative of a family line that goes back more than 400 years. Vines have always been grown on the surrounding hills in this small village, just a few kilometres from Chablis.
For centuries, vines have been grown in the vineyards surrounding the Château, and wine has evolved quietly in its magnificent vaulted cellars. In 1987, Athénaïs' father, Count Eric de Béru, took the ambitious and courageous decision to replant the estate, which had been left fallow by his grandparents following the ravages of phylloxera almost a hundred years earlier.
First entrusted to a neighbouring winegrower, it was in the middle of the year 2000 that Athénaïs de Béru decided to leave her Parisian life behind and return to the village of her childhood, where she dedicated herself to winegrowing, gradually taking over the family estate of some 15 hectares.
Convinced, but above all thrilled by the wines tasted year after year, Athénaïs set about converting the entire estate to organic farming, then to biodynamic farming a few years later. Her first vintage, 2006, was already a harbinger of the road ahead.
Under the family labels, with Chardonnay, she made a wine exploring all the facets of the village's vines, Terroirs de Béru, then parcel-based, expressive cuvées, Orangerie, Montserre, Côte aux Prêtres, and the iconic Monopole, Clos Béru. Recently, certain cuvées have also been bottled without the addition of sulphur, offering even more intense and profound wines. Vintage after vintage, more daring cuvées have been created, sometimes vinified in amphorae, sometimes macerated or experimenting with new grape varieties and unusual blends.
Today, Athénaïs, supported by her partner Antoine, has the destiny of the Château in her hands more than ever, and who knows if one day one of their two daughters will follow in her sublime footsteps...
The year 2016 will remain sadly engraved in the memories, when following the catastrophic spring frosts of April, more than 90% of the estate's harvest was lost in just a few nights. An entire vintage lost and the need to reinvent oneself in order to continue to progress.
It was then that Athénaïs, far from letting herself be defeated, crossed France with her pickers and collected grapes from winegrower friends, from Beaujolais to Languedoc, sometimes Gamay or Chardonnay, sometimes Syrah or Vermentino. Grapes from here and there, wines from here and there. Labels revised and modernised for the occasion dress these bottles, which bear witness to the solidarity of the wine world.
From this ordeal, a new range of wines was born, bearing her name, Athénaïs, quite simply. Aligoté, Pinot Noir or Gris, cuvées of friends, macerations in amphora... all of them more conclusive than the others.