Beaune Les Grèves

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Parcelle(s)

Beaune Grèves
Surface: 0,3275 ha
Geographical situation: parcel on steepish slope.
Exposure: East-facing.
Plantings: 1978/1979

Our small parcel of Les Grèves, planted in 1978, covers the central part of the hillside overlooking Beaune, at an altitude of 250 m. The name Les Grèves comes from the Latin for gravel, as the soil is highly calcareous here, ideal for the delicacy of the noblest of Beaune’s Premier Cru.

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Vines

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: highly calcareous soil. Pure silt. GEST compost.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Yield: 31,57 hl / ha
Rootstock: massal selection only.
Pest management since 1992
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 2000.
Bio-dynamic agriculture since the 2001 campaign.
Horse ploughing
Training style: Guyot
Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

* Groupement d'Etude et de Suivi des Terroirs

History

Whereas cras, chaille or cailleret in Burgundy refer to pebbly soil, gravains, gravières and grèves (from the Latin word grava, gravel) mean a more sandy soil, ideal for wine growing.

Vines have been planted here since Gallo-Roman days. The town’s vines are mentioned in the oldest description of Burgundy vineyards, written by Eumenes in 312 A.D. Part of Les Grèves long belonged to the Carmelite order. The cult of the Christ Child at Beaune was started by a Carmelite nun, Marguerite Parigot (1619-1648), whom Anne of Austria reportedly consulted shortly before conceiving Louis XIV after 23 years of sterility.


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