At 350m and 15km south of
The climat Bel Air extends over a large area at the top of the Côte , but the greater part of it although classified is not at present planted. Instead at the end of the 19th century woods were planted here, mainly to protect the vines from cold winds and frost.
Over 100 years ago one would hear talk of the Chateau Bel Air, standing dominant over the Grand Crus. The name Bel Air signifies an area where the air was purer than elsewhere, and they used to say that to take in the good air one would have to climb to the top of the Côte...
On his work on Le Chambertin Jean-Francois Bazin wrote that “During the 1930’s Bel Air was held in the same regard as the Grand Crus around it”. It had to be that good to creep into the appellation boundary of Chambertin. Bel Air