Côte de Beaune Les Pierres Blanches Red

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Parcelle(s)

La Pièce du Château
Surface: 1,116 ha
Geographical situation: parcel in mid-slope
Exposure: East-facing.
Plantings: 1990/1991

Les Pierres Blanches (rouge)
Surface: 0,7516 ha
Geographical situation: parcel in mid-slope
Exposure: East-facing.
Plantings: 1991/1992

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, is the fruit of a love story between Burgundy and Flanders, in the flamboyant days of the Great Dukes.

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Vines

Geographic situation: This climat in Beaune, the capital of Burgundy wine, lies on the upper shoulder of the slopes between Savigny-lès-Beaune and the Montagne de Beaune. The mid-slope location is ideal, just adjacent to the Mont-Batois used by local winegrowers for research (variety selection, growing methods), and just above Les Bressandes, one of Beaune’s leading Premiers Crus.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: white soil, very pebbly and silty.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Total surface: 1,87 ha
Yield: 39,07 hl / ha
Rootstock: 60 % of massal selection and 40 % of clones.
Pest management since 1992
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 2001.
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. Suckers removed in spring.

History

The highest hill above Beaune, known locally as the montagne, overlooks the whole town from a height of 359 metres. Orchards and woods are interspersed with vineyards, and a few houses enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Saône valley, the Jura and the Alps. It long served as a meeting place for republicans during the Monarchy and the Empire...

The name “Les Pierres Blanches” (white stones) refers to the calcareous laves, flat slabs once used for roofing, and still employed today to cap the walls of enclosed vineyards. On the sun-drenched “mountain”, these white limestone slabs are further bleached by continuous exposure. The first traces of the name can be found in 1258 in the Martyrology of Beaune: In Monte Lapidi albi (on the white-stoned hill).

The Côte de Beaune communal appellation is comprised of only reds and whites from 52 hectares within the Beaune appellation. The name of the climat is allowed to follow the words Côte de Beaune. This AOC should not be confused with another commune appellation, Côte de Beaune-Villages, which (apart from a few Premiers Crus) extends across the Côte de Beaune from Ladoix to Les Maranges and only contains red wines.


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