Beaune

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Parcelle(s)

Montée Rouge Premier Cru Blanc
Geographic situation: parcel in a coomb (road leading to Bouze-lès-Beaune).
Surface: 0,1892 ha
Exposure: West-facing.
Plantings: 1973-74.

Montée Rouge Blanc
Geographic situation: parcel in a coomb (road leading to Bouze-lès-Beaune).
Surface: 0,51 ha
Exposure: West-facing.
Plantings: 1994-95.

La Maladière
Geographic situation: a few rows of vines at Beaune.
Surface: 0,0400 ha
Plantings: 1994-95.

Our Beaune assembles several small parcels from the Montée Rouge climat, grown on both sides of a ruddy, iron-rich coomb. Known by wine growers as “The White Virgin”, the south-facing vine has the structure and power of a quality wine that is fat, rich and astounding...

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Vines

Grape variety: 100 % Chardonnay
Soil and subsoil: reddish soil, rich in iron. Clayey with pebbles at the top of the parcel.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Total surface: 0,74 ha
Yield: 43,82 hl / ha
Rootstock: 20 % of massal selection and 80 % of clones.
Pest management since 1995
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 1999.
Training: Guyot
Vineyard news: Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Suckers removed in spring.

History

Encircled by its ramparts and bastions like a cask by its staves, Beaune is, in the words of the architect Viollet-le-Duc, the only town in the world where you actually want to fall ill! The Hôtel-Dieu, built in the middle of the 15th century by Nicolas Rolin, counsellor to Philippe the Good, Duke of Burgundy, is a flamboyant gothic representation of a love story between Burgundy and Flanders in the days of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Sister city of Bruges, Beaune is the capital of Burgundy wine.
For centuries the term “vin de Beaune” referred to wine from throughout the Côte de Beaune. In the early 18th century the separate identity of Beaune’s crus started to become apparent, and was fully recognised in the following century.
As most local wine merchants were based in Beaune, the town soon took its place as the heart of Burgundy wine. Petrarch claimed that Beaune wine was the main reason why the cardinals were in no hurry to leave Avignon for Rome. The Duke of Burgundy often sent barrels of his wine to Rome to obtain papal favours. A local proverb says that “Beaune wine loses out only through lack of comparison”. As early as 1728, abbot Claude Arnoux wrote: “The terroirs of Beaune produce wines which have the qualities of Volnay and Pommard, but without the defects”.


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