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Michelin factory and test circuit, viewed from below the Berger cellar 

Berger Père et Fils
The quiet and reserved Jean-Pierre Berger took over from his parents, Jean-Paul and Denise in 1989, although his mother still mans the tasting room receiving guests. They work just over six hectares of vineyards, of which 60% are rented, primarily from retired or part-time vignerons, mostly ex-Michelin workers, whose factory testing circuit they overlook. The vines are mostly high density (10,000 ceps per hectare) plantings of Gamay, with a few rows of Pinot Noir, although everything is machine harvested. Berger produces light and relatively simple Châteaugay red and rosé, both fermented in fibre-glass tanks, but are perfectly workable, if a little anonymous.

Jean-Pierre Berger
21 Rue de la Crouzette
T: + 33 4 73 87 60 92

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