Bergeron is the local name for the Roussanne grape in the Savoie region of France. In the Savoie, nestled in the foothills of the French Alps, Bergeron produces wines very different from the Southern Rhône’s Roussannes: lighter-bodied, with more minerality and brighter, lemony acids. At Tablas Creek, we select Roussanne for our Bergeron bottling from the vineyard’s coldest sections of Roussanne vines, pick them earlier while they still have high acids and lower sugars, and ferment them in traditional Savoie style in neutral wood.
The Roussanne grapes used in our Bergeron were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2009 vintage was our third consecutive drought year, with yields further reduced by April frosts. Berries and clusters were small, with excellent concentration. Ripening over the summer was gradual and our white harvest complete except for a few Roussanne lots at the time of a major rainstorm on October 13th. Crop sizes were 10% smaller than 2008 and 30% lower than usual. The low yields and gradual ripening resulted in wines with an appealing lushness, rich texture and gentle minerality. We picked the Roussanne for our Bergeron from three different blocks on September 2nd, 18th and 26th; the Roussanne for our traditional bottlings was harvested throughout October.
The Roussanne grapes were whole cluster pressed, and fermented using native yeasts in neutral barrels in the traditional Savoie style. The wine was bottled in April 2010.
The 2009 Bergeron shows a nose of green apple, mineral, herbs and preserved lemon. In the mouth, it is very mineral and notably saline, quite rich for a Bergeron, almost buttery. The finish shows notes of caramel apple and the wine cries out for shellfish. Drink now or for the next five years.
Join us for Paso Robles' annual harvest celebration the weekend of October 16th-18th
All weekend: Visit our tasting room for a first look at our newest Esprit de Tablas wines from the 2013 vintage.
Friday night: Enjoy a four-course, four-wine dinner at McPhee's Grill in Templeton. $105/per person; reservations are essential. Details »
Saturday: Join us in the cellar at Tablas Creek for a series of interactive demonstrations. Demonstrations will be ongoing from 10am - 3pm and are free to all guests. Details »
We are pleased to have been included in recent articles in The New York Times (on creative responses to California's drought) and the Washington Post (on our 11 new AVA's) and to see the attention for Paso Robles. More recent press »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
August 31, 2015
By: Lauren Phelps
Although estate Viognier yields look low, Levi explains that "it's really more of a mixed bag. Mourvedre and Roussanne both look a bit higher than normal". In general, we're thrilled with the quality of fruit and a bit concerned since yields remind us of frost reduced years in 2001, 2009 and 2011. We're waiting until we've harvested more from the estate to draw any firm conclusions. Read More »