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Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin Rouge les Crais 1er Cru 2017 (750ML)

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91-93 VM / 90-92 WA

The 2017 Fixin Les Crais comes from vines on ancient alluvial soils, in a single parcel of 1.30 hectares with vines aged between 10 and 80 years. Aged in 20% new oak, it has a very pure bouquet with small dark cherries, hints of boysenberry and black olive compote. The palate is medium-bodied with orange-zest-infused red fruit on the entry. Very finely structured, with crisp tannin and a saline note toward the poised, quite persistent finish. A Fixin that does this appellation proud. NM – Vinous Media

The 2017 Fixin Les Crais is lovely, wafting from the glass with aromas of blackberries, cassis, asphalt and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a lavish attack, a succulent core of expressive fruit and a melting but stony finish. I have a weakness for this cuvée, which is hard to resist in its youth but which ages very dependably—in fact, I still have a few bottles of the 1988 in my cellar that are still bursting with lively fruit. WK – The Wine Advocate


  • Size: 1.4 ha (3.4 ac)
  • Variety: Pinot Noir
  • Vine Age: Planted in 1946, 1960, 1988, 2002
  • Terroir: Southeastern Fixin, lower on slope, Alluvial


loose, unconsolidated (not cemented together into a solid rock) soil or sediment that has been eroded, reshaped by water in some form, and redeposited in a non-marine setting

">alluvial soils: stony, well-draining, with some chalky rocks

  • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
  • Vinification: 20% whole cluster, mostly pump-overs with some punch-downs, indigenous yeast fermentation in tank. Aged for 15 months in barrel (20% new oak).


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