Technical sheet

The appellation

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.

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.

The vine

Les Pierres Blanches (white)
Surface: 2.213 ha
Geographical situation: parcel on slight slope.
Exposure: East.
Plantings: 2012
Rootstock: 161-49

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.

Soil and subsoil: white soil, very calcareous. Probably pure silt.

Grape varieties: 95 % Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Blanc

Planting density: 13 600 vines/ha

Organic agriculture. Official approval Ecocert in 2001.

Pruning: Guyot

Vineyard news: Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Suckers removed in spring.

The wine

Harvest dates: September 17h, and 18th  2019 (fruit days).
Yield: 26.8 hl/ha

Pressing: whole bunches for 2 hours 30
Racking of the must during 24 hours.
Starting fermentation in stainless steel tank and the end in oak barrels.

Length: 16 months in barrels and 2 months in stainless steel tank.
New barrels: 30 %
Origin of wood: Allier fine grains and Cîteaux
Stirring of the lees: Once per month during fruit days and rising moon until December.
Ligth fining with bentonite. Soft filtration.

April 21st, 2021 (leaf day)
Limited to 7529 bottles.

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