En Bollery Terres d’en Face

En Bollery has a combination of deep clayey silt and calcareous soil at the top of the slope. It lies just opposite the famous Château du Clos de Vougeot, though the land is within the boundaries of the neighbouring village of Flagey-Echézeaux. Gamay Noir is a noble variety with light-coloured juice, giving a fruity, original wine with an enigmatic personality.


Geographical situation: This parcel is located at Flagey-Echézeaux, at the locality known as En Bollery. A stone’s throw from the now demolished Château de Vougeot, it looks the Clos de Vougeot in the eye, explaining its name, Terres d’en Face (the land opposite), as it is affectionately known by locals.
Grape variety: Gamay Noir with its light-coloured juice thrives in the Burgundy hills, not just in the Beaujolais. Planted since the Middle Ages, it has always been symbolic of the joys of life. Its name probably stems from the hamlet of Gamay, in the Côte de Beaune. This noble variety gives refreshing, light wine, fruity and full of taste, brought out perfectly by our parcel. Gamay is to Pinot as Aligoté is to Chardonnay: the perfect balance.
Soil and subsoil: The mineral fraction comprises deep clayey silt. The parcel is not calcareous over its entire surface, only at the top of the slope, desaturating towards the bottom.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Yield: 60  hl / ha
Rootstock: massal selection only.
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.


The wine growers of Flagey-Echézeaux used to be known as les mingeous de tiarre, the earth-eaters, indicating how dedicated they were. They needed to be to slip in successfully between the Clos de Vougeot and Vosne-Romanée. The name of the village is derived from its Gallo-Roman owner, Flavius, and its history is intertwined with the neighbouring Grands Crus, including La Romanée Saint-Vivant,  named after the monastery at Saint-Vivant de Vergy.