Olivier Bernstein is by far the most successful producers in Burgundy, setting the bar high for the growing number of micro-négociants in the region by producing wines that compete with those of the Côte d’Or’s finest domaines.
He has access to some of the world’s greatest vineyards, including the Grands Crus of Chambertin, Bonnes-Mares and Clos de Bèze. While he doesn’t own these vineyards, he does manage them year-round, under the watchful eye of his head viticulturalist Richard Séguin. Séguin (a local vigneron from Gevrey-Chambertin) has been working with Olivier since the project started in 2007, acting as the Operating Director managing both the viticulture and winemaking.
In total, Olivier Bernstein has control of seven hectares of vineyards. He produces a staggering seven different Grands Crus (Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, Bonnes-Mares and Clos Vougeot), three Premiers Crus (Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetiers and Champeaux, Chambolle-Musigny Lavrottes) and a village Gevrey-Chambertin. The production of each averages around just five barrels, although he produces more Charmes-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin and Clos Vougeot – typically eight barrels of each cuvée.