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The Béru vineyard is nested on the slopes of the Chablis Grand Cru foothills. It is rooted in history and in the greatest traditions of Burgundy wines.

The Château de Béru encloses a unique piece of terroir within the great Chablis region: the Clos Béru. It owes its name to the 13th Century Wall that surrounds the parcel. Other remarkable parcels, located in the finest Chablis terroirs and Premiers Crus complete the domain’s vineyards.


The vineyards
History
The Romans in all likelihood planted the first vines in Chablis in the first Century AD. Later on, 9th Century AD writings from the Monks of the Pontigny Abbey attest to the growth of the vineyards. In the Middle Ages, its fame increases all over Europe, where Chablis wines are served on all the royal tables. During this period, the Château de Béru is built, and the wall that still surrounds the Clos Béru is erected.

Geology
The 5 hectares of the Clos lie on the southern slope of the small Béru Valley. It culminates at 300 meters above sea level. The soil is a mix of clay and limestone, sprinkled with fossilized oyster shells that remind us that during its formation, in the Kimmeridgien era, in the Jurassic period, a warm sea used to cover the area. These 150 million years old fossils are the signature of today’s most classic Chablis terroirs.

La vigne

Vineyards
The noble Chardonnay, unique grape varietal planted in Chablis, expresses very distinctive characteristics that makes Chablis wines so different from all the other chardonnay-based Burgundy wines, such as Montrachet or Meursault wines.

In 1887, Philloxera, a disease that nearly erased vines in Europe, devastated the Chablis vineyards. It was then replanted on a smaller scale. It gained official recognition in 1938, when it officially became an “Appellation d’Origine Controlée”, or an AOC. The Comte de Béru, late husband of the current owner, Laurence de Béru, and father of Athénaïs replanted the domain vineyards in the 80’s. Athénaïs took over the running of the property in 2004.

The planting density reaches 6000 vines per hectare. The pruning system is Guyot double shoot. This allows competition to take place between the plants and leads to a natural yield regulation while guarantying enough foliage to grow to provide optimal grape maturity.




 
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