Joli Vin imports
Vineyards: Clos Varambon
Orientation: North facing hilltop exposure
Average age of vines: 70 - 90 years
Principal soil type: Silt and clay above limestone base
The very oldest vines of the Clos produce Les Birbettes and have all lived much more than sixty years. They grow on a single hectare composed of four separate plots: two of them planted in the 1920s, right after the phylloxera epidemic, and two in 1945 at the end of World War II.
The wine produced with these grapes expresses more purity and verticality, and is distinguished by a saline imprint which we consider the clearest expression of minerality. This is a cuvée which starts to express itself completely from the third year in the bottle and becomes more and more complex during the following years. The good vintages of Les Birbettes can age from 10 to 15 years or more.
Les Birbettes fact sheet (PDF)
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