Technical sheet

The appellation

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.

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.

The vine

Beaune Grèves
Surface: 0.3275 ha
Geographical situation: parcel on steepish slope.
Exposure: East
Plantings: 1978/1979

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Soil and subsoil: highly calcareous soil. Pure silt..

Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha

Rootstock: massal selection only.
Organic agriculture. Received official approval Ecocert in 2000.

Pruning: Guyot

Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparations 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

The wine

Harvest date: September 14th, 2019 (leaf day).
Hand-sorted in the vineyard and on arrival in the winery.
Yield: 17.6 hl/ha

44% of whole bunches, not crushed and vatted by gravity.
No yeast addition.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold  (12-15° C) during 5 days.
Length of maceration: 14 days.
Cap-punched once a day until mid-fermentation and a light pumping-over once a day until the end of maceration.

Length: 16 months in oak barrels.
New barrels: 40 %
Origin of wood: Cîteaux
Light and soft filtration. No fining.

December 10th , 2020 (root day)
Limited to 732 bottles.

Family Domaine at the heart of Burgundy

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21700 Premeaux Prissey

+33(0)3 80 62 48 25
+33(0)3 80 61 25 44

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