The Domaine Bertheau Bonnes Mares is somewhat overlooked and misunderstood.
Firstly the focus on Domaine Bertheau have always been somewhat limited, secondly the Les Amoureuses seem to take most of the fame and glory.
Although I do love the Les Amoureuses – the Bonnes Mares is however the bigger wine in the Bertheau portfolio, and is always served last at Domaine tastings – after Les Amoureuses. So lets give the Bertheau Bonnes Mares the focus it surely deserves.
The wines of Domaine Betheau
My first visit to Domaine Bertheau was in 2011 – tasting the 2010 vintage – but before this I had tasted quite many wines from this rather low key estate.
To be honest I find the wines of Francois Bertheau difficult to taste from cask – and while I normally really enjoy the wines from bottle – I’m often in doubt when tasting from cask.
In the end – I have had many fine moments with Bertheau wines – so I do have faith in these wines – although the quality perhaps show some variation. In the end I have had some very enjoyable pinot moments with especially the Les Amouereuses from Bertheau – and also the seemingly rare Bonnes Mares.
Bonnes Mares – the darker side of Chambolle Musigny
Bonnes Mares is sort of the “dark side” of Chambolle-Musigny, a vineyard that represents a hybrid between Chambolle and Morey – a vineyard that sometimes is somewhat overlooked when compared with the mighty Musigny.
Bonnes Mares is 15.05 ha – hence almost 40% larger than Musigny – and is located in both Chambolle Musigny and Morey-Saint-Denis. The main part is in Chambolle-Musigny – north of the village and Les Fuées – and only 1.52 ha is located in the Morey appellation – just south of Clos de Tart.
Bonnes Mares begins at the southern end of Clos de Tart – actually there is a part of Bonnes Mares located within the enclosed walls of Clos de Tart – and this part is now a part of Clos de Tart, although it’s named Bonnes Mares in the official cadastre maps.
Bonnes Mares continues from Clos des Tart to Chambolle Musigny Les Fuées and the village part of Chambolle Musigny Les Cras, with the top of the slope not being a part of Bonnes Mares, but either village or the 1er cru part of Chambolle-Musigny Les Véroilles (the 1er cru is a monopole owned by Domaine Ghislaine Barthod).