Unlike “Les Champeaux” on its terrace, here the vines are on a steep slope. The name indicates a fortified location, being not far from the château of Gevrey-Chambertin. Situated high on the slope within the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. The soil composition varies greatly heading down the slope, with whitish marl at the top, rock outcrops in the middle and more alluvial soils near the bottom. The soil also features small stones that aid drainage and reflect the heat generated by the eastern exposure.
Olivier Bernstein, a winemaker with a unique path, entered Burgundy’s winemaking world through choice rather than family tradition. His family’s background was in classical music, and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to follow his passion for wine. After studying viticulture, he acquired vineyards in Roussillon, then moved to Burgundy in 2007. He met his cellar master, Richard Seguin, in Gevrey-Chambertin. With a focus on old vines, Bernstein’s meticulous process spans about 30 months, allowing for no compromises. He acquired vines in prestigious locations, including Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru and Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin. Today, Bernstein’s vineyards hold old vines, crucial for his acclaimed wines.