In 2003, American Blair Pethel bought his small, 3-hectare estate a stone’s throw away from Beaune. But his first encounter with the great varied terroirs of Burgundy occurred some time before. In 1987, to be exact.
Between 1987 and 2003, Blair lived in London but he came to Burgundy regularly. During this time, he fell in love with the land and, by his own admission, the Burgundians. It is important to realize that at that time Blair was an economic and political journalist (no less) in London.
Blair Pethel’s first vintage is therefore 2004. Domaine Dublère produces an average of 30,000 bottles annually. In total Blair owns 3 hectares and rents 3 more, closely monitoring the work in the vineyard, including, in particular, the Chablis appellations.
The vineyard cultivation at Blair’s estate is very well thought out. It may even be regarded as organic. This involves regular ploughing 6-7 times a year, without herbicides or pesticides, raising red varieties using the Cordon de Royat pruning method.
BLAIR PETHEL'S VIDEO (French)
Blair Pethel's in his vineyards (Savigny les Beaune).
WINE TASTING (excerpts):
Volnay 1er cru “Taillepieds”
Fruits and spices compete for this lively nose.
Crisp, tight, with a slightly effervescent coolness, nervous, despite a slight reserve at the finish.
Charmes Chambertin Grand cru
Exuberant with fruit and blackcurrant leaf, it is also floral, combining with a mineral touch when aerated.
With its tight mouth, it is sharp in its airy finish, revealing fine tannins.
When you taste Blair Pethel’s wines, you will be enchanted by their ability to reveal their generosity and passion, all infused with subtlety. They are the image of the winemaker, playful but perfectionist, very approachable and with an athletic build.
But above all, or after all, you will be surprised by the expression of a swirling, lively and pulpy fruit.
They are wines that do not lie, wines that express their environment well, and truly for all of these reasons, they are a pleasure to drink. Undoubtedly you will leave with that same smile that you gave to Blair when you first arrived.
Blair Pethel had a good idea when he came to live here, and Burgundy has paid him back. Hats off to you, Blair!