The Béru family has owned the historical Château de Béru domain for 400 years. Until the phylloxera crisis, when all the vines were uprooted, at the beginning of the 20th century, the domain used to rely solely on the wine for its revenues. It was only in 1987 that the Comte Éric de Béru, out of passion for wine, undertook to replant the entire vineyard, and in particular, the famous Clos Béru.
After his passing, his daughter Athénaïs quit her job in finance to move back to Béru, and taking over the domaine with her mom Laurence. I've know Athénaïs since her early beginnings in making wine. I've seen firsthand the amount of work that her and her team has put into the vineyard and vinification of the wines. It was of the utmost importance to Athénaïs that she work organically in the vineyard, with biodynamic principles, as well as producing wines in the most natural way possible. Her wines are true reflections of their terroir, and give a new meaning to "classic Chablis."
Côte aux Prêtres" translates to "Hill of the Priests," a nod to the nearby "camino" or trail that pilgrims took on their journey from Vézelay to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The vineyard is characterize by eroded Kimmeridgian rocks. Beautiful aromas of oyster shells and citrus peel. The wine is incredibly light on its feet, and delicious to drink now. A superb value!
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1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610