This large, south-facing parcel covering more than one hectare was replanted between 1985 and 1989. This sun-drenched vineyard, ideally situated at the top of the hillside, benefits from an excellent reflection of heat onto the grapes. The Petits Noizons vines grow in a very pebbly, soil, (chalky and often alluvial), of great depth. The results are a relatively powerful wine, with good structure and high quality.
In the local dialect the original name, En Noyons, meant a place where walnut trees were found. Owned in the 13th century by Alix de Vergy, duchess of Burgundy, Pommard passed into the hands of the Archbishops of Lyon, then a ducal estate, and finally to Burgundian noble families.
The vines themselves are intimately linked with the history of Burgundy, as it was the monks of the Abbeys of Saint-Bénigne at Dijon, and Cîteaux, and the knights of Saint John of Jerusalem who surveyed the harvests. Another well-known owner was Gaspard Monge, inventor of descriptive geometry and a senior official of the Empire, whose daughter married a local château-owner, Nicolas-Joseph Marey.
Geographical situation: On leaving Beaune in a southerly direction, Pommard is the first village you come to, just before Volnay. Les Petits Noizons is situated at a height of 300 metres, on the Beaune side of the appellation. It is on the right-hand side of the road to Saint-Romain and La Petite Combe.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: very pebbly, chalky soil, quite silty.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Yield: 30 hl / ha
Rootstock: only clones.
Pest management since 1995
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 2000.
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.
Les Petits Noizons
Surface: 1,1057 ha
Geographical situation: parcel on steepish slope.
Plantings: 1985/1986 1986/1987 1987/1988 1988/1989