Domaine van Berg

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Domaine van Berg: The Importance

Although facing stiff competition, Domaine van Berg is probably Burgundy’s most unique, mysterious, esoteric and rarely seen property. Bernard van Berg made his wines on a truly microscopic scale; his yields were lower than that of Domaine Leroy and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Producing only a handful of cuvées, output varied between around 50 bottles to 50 cases of each. As a result, these wines are some of the most collectable wines anywhere in the marketplace, those that weren’t secured by top restaurants like Noma that is. However, don’t expect to find any scores for these wines, there just weren’t enough made to give samples to journalists and critics. And they are now becoming even rarer and even more sought-after…

 

You may have noticed the past tense being employed in the first paragraph. That’s because Domaine van Berg has now been bought and so will cease to exist under this label. One of our best sources in Burgundy bought the entire library stock that remained at the winery, everything that was commercially available in the world, and that supply is dwindling rapidly. This is a last chance scenario, when stocks have disappeared, they will be impossible to replace.

 

And it is hard to imagine who can possibly fill the shoes of Bernard van Berg, a man who makes Lalou Bize-Leroy appear almost – dare we say it – conventional.

 

Domaine van Berg: The Insight

To say that van Berg’s methods were unorthodox and artisanal, is putting it lightly. Wines were made using only natural yeasts and were aged in 100% new oak barrels that were replaced each year. There was no chaptalisation or destemming, grapes were foot-trodden, and nothing was filtered or fined before being bottled by hand into Bordeaux-style bottles.

 

The organic-certified domaine comprised around eight parcels, totalling about 2 hectares of vines, in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. They employed no tractor, allowed no tampering with the soil, no pesticides and no insecticides. Vines were trained in a highly unusual upright manner, grapes were harvested manually and Bernard sat a stool to prune the vines, claiming to know the first and surname of each one. New vines were produced via provinage, a method of burying the vine so that the tip forms roots and can be separated from its parent, creating new healthy and genetically identical vines. Huge swathes of the vineyard were given over to local flora and fauna. The En Busigny vineyard in Meursault was split 50:50 between vines and corridors for vegetation and wildlife. The resulting vineyards of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté and Gamay were unlike any others on the planet; veritable gardens containing monolithic vines of all different shapes and sizes.

 

When Bernard started, he declassified his wines, choosing Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire; the lowest level that would allow a vintage declaration. But don’t be fooled, his self-imposed regulations vastly exceeded those of the AOC system; they are just far outside the box. Not a believer in terroir as it is seen now – Bernard cites Clos Vougeot as a perfect example – he prefers the term terrain, and played very much by his own rules, restoring antique vineyards. Les Echalas was Bernard van Berg’s “prized vineyard”, where he produced his “dream wine”.

 

The breakdown of van Berg's parcels is as follows:

 

En Busigny: Meursault, planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

La Rose: Meusault, planted with Pinot Noir, vinified as rosé, red and vin jaune.

La Combe: Puligny-Montrachet, planted with Gamay

Le Fourneau: Chagny, planted with Chardonnay

Les Bergers: Puligny-Montrachet, planted with Pinot Noir

Les Gamets: Meursault, planted with Gamay

Les Echalas: Red and white cuvées from En Busigny

Les Gouttes: Meusault, planted with Aligoté

Les Reippes: Saint-Aubin, planted with Aligoté

 

Domaine Van Berg: The Background

Bernard van Berg was a professional photographer in Belgium before moving to Burgundy in 2001 with his wife Judith and a “vision to produce the best wine ever made.” From the first harvest in 2002, it was clear that he was on to something special. It was lucky for the wine world that he didn’t end up rearing horses in Northern France or making goats cheese in the Rhône valley; the van Berg’s two other dreams.

 

From the tiny property on Rue du Moulin de Judas, produced “artistic creations” that he called “le vin le plus simplement” (but are anything but simple) in a truly idiosyncratic style, leading the Academy of Wine Business Research to describe him as “an original thought leader”.

 

We wait to see what will happen to Bernard and Judith van Berg’s vineyards, and with them all the luck in the future. And we are delighted to be able to provide limited access to thier incredible and unique wines.

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2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc En Busigny Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc En Busigny Burgundy

£2,653.00
£222.00

2009 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc En Busigny Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2009 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc En Busigny Burgundy

£3,767.00
£314.00

2016 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Blanc Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2016 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Blanc Burgundy

£7,090.00
£590.00

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Fourneau Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Fourneau Burgundy

£3,210.00
£268.00

2014 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Fourneau Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2014 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Fourneau Burgundy

£3,210.00
£268.00

2006 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Jaune Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2006 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Le Jaune Burgundy

£4,048.00
£337.00

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Burgundy

£1,405.00
£119.00

2014 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2014 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Burgundy

£1,405.00
£119.00

2013 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2013 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Burgundy

£1,405.00
£119.00

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Nature Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Aligotes Nature Burgundy

£1,259.00
£107.00

2009 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Echalas Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2009 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Echalas Burgundy

£20,067.00
£6,858.00

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Gouttes Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Blanc Les Gouttes Burgundy

£2,096.00
£176.00

2012 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Mousseux Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2012 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Mousseux Burgundy

£2,836.00
£237.00

2013 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rose En Busigny Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2013 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rose En Busigny Burgundy

£2,363.00
£198.00

2006 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rose La Rose Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2006 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rose La Rose Burgundy

£3,309.00
£276.00

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rouge La Rose Reserve Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rouge La Rose Reserve Burgundy

£4,048.00
£337.00

2016 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rouge Le Rouge Van Berg; Bernard Burgundy

2016 Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Rouge Le Rouge Burgundy

£18,103.00
£1,507.00

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