Since 1998, Domaine Bernard-Bonin has been run in impeccable fashion by Nicolas Bernard and Veronique Bonin, a daughter of the well-known Michelot family. Together, they own and cultivate 17.5 acres, including vineyards in Meursault, Meursault 1er Cru and Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru.Nicolas Bernard’s approach is reflected more in his wonderful Burgundy accent than in his hip appearance. He follows time-honored wine growing traditions, respecting the phases of the moon and employing minimal intervention in the cellar. Each wine expresses a personality derived from its terroir, its character fashioned by the climatic variances of the year.The wines are aged in oak barrels for 15–18 months, during which time each barrel is tasted individually to determine the optimum exchange between wine and sediment. The wines are racked from their lees just before bottling, in synchronization with the lunar calendar, to ensure a naturally limpid and stable state, thus avoiding fining and filtration. Once in bottle, the wines mature on the micro-sediment that develops naturally.
The five wine districts of Burgundy start in the north in the town of Chablis. As you move south, you reach the area known as the Côte D’Or, which means "Golden Slope." It is divided into two sub-regions, the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. As you continue south, you enter the Côte Chalonnaise and then the Mâconnais. The fifth and final region in the south is Beaujolais.
In Burgundy, white wines are almost exclusively made from Chardonnay grapes and the red wines from Pinot Noir. Specific sub-regions within Burgundy are often specifically planted to either Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, depending on the unique terroir of the area.
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