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Les Pézerolles: This 5.91-hectare Premier Cru climat  in Pommard lies just above Les Petits Epenots, northeast of the village of Pommard, toward Beaune.  At an altitude of 260-280 meters, the vineyard faces south, southeast. The soil is stony clay-limestone over a limestone base.

The vineyard name derives from the surname of one of the old families of Pommard.

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Les Rugiens: This 12.66-hectare Premier Cru climat in Pommard,  is comprised of two subclimats:   the 5.83-hectare Les Rugiens-Bas and the 6.83-hectare Les Rugiens-Hauts. Les Rugiens begins near the summit of Pommard’s slope, at an altitude of nearly 320 meters, just south of the village, and drops downhill steeply to about 260 meters. The rocky soil is comprised of  ferruginous clay-limestone colluvium over a limestone base. There is a considerable difference in quality between the wines that derive from Les Rugiens-Bas and those that derive from Les Rugiens-Haut. Camille Rodier classified Les Rugiens-Bas  and Les Epenots among the tête de Cuvées. By general consensus today, the wines of Les Rugiens-Bas are of true Grand Cru quality and merit promotion.

“Rugiens” recalls the red soil of the Les Rugiens-Bas caused by the high proportion of iron oxide.

The most distinguished Pommard Les Rugiens is made by the Domaine de Montille.

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Les Petits Epenots: This 19.76-hectare Premier Cru climat in Pommard, together with Les Grands Epenots (10.76 hectares),  comprises the Premier Cru lieu-dit, Les Epenots. Each climat is in turn composed of two parcels. Les Petits Epenots is situated along Pommard’s northern boundary with Beaune, upslope of the RN 73 as it forks from the RN 74 just south of Beaune.  At an altitude of 240-260 meters, the vineyard faces south, southeast and the stony, well-drained soil is composed of clay-limestone colluvium over a limestone base.

The name Epenots dervives suggests the onetime presence of buissons epineux, the spiny bushes that once grew there.

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Les Grands Epenots: This 10.76-hectare  Premier Cru climat, combined together with the 19.76-hectare Les Petits Epenots, comprises the Premier Cru lieu-dit, Les Epenots, situated in the Pommard appellation.  Each climat is in turn composed of two parcels. Les Grands Epenots is situated adjacent to Les Petits Epenots, on the Volnay side, along the RN 73. At an altitude of 240-260 meters, the vineyard faces south, southeast and the stony, well-drained soil is composed of clay-limestone colluvium over a limestone base. 

The name Epenots dervives from onetime presence of buissons epineux, the spiny bushes that grew in the fields there.

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Les Epenots: This Premier Cru lieu-dit, located in the commune and appellation of Pommard,  is comprised of two separate Premier Cru climats, Les Grands Epenots (10.76 hectares) and Les Petits Epenots  (19.76 hectares), each of which is, in turn, comprised of two parcels. Portions of each climat are included within the monopole Clos des Epeneaux (5.23 hectares), also a Premier Cru climat. When blended across the two vineyards, only the Epenots designation is used; when not, Grands– or Petits– is prefixed. Les Epenots is by far the largest of Pommard’s Premiers Crus, covering 30.52 hectares and is generally considered, along with Les Rugiens, to be one of the two finest. Les Epenots begins at the northern boundary of the commune with Beaune, and continues upslope of the RN 73 as it forks from the RN 74 just south of Beaune. At an altitude of 240-260 meters, the vineyard faces south, southeast and the stony, well-drained soil is composed of clay-limestone mix over a limestone base.  The name “Epenots” dervives from onetime presence of buissons epineux, the spiny bushes that once grew there in the fields.

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Les Brouillards: This 5.63 hectare Premier Cru climat  of lies in the northern sector of Volnay adjacent to the border with Pommard. Les Brouillards is situated on the east side of RN73, just north of Les Mitans. Facing east, southeast from an elevation of 250-260 meters, the vineyard, rockier in the upper portion of the vineyard with deeper soil down below, exhibits less limestone with a loose covering of shale.

The name suggests that in ancient times the site was a dense and marshy thicket.

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Les Champans:  This 11.19 hectare Premier Cru climat  lies south of the village of Volnay, downhill from Les Taillepieds, southeast of the RN 73. Facing east, southeast from on a moderately steep slope varying between 250-280 meters, the clay-limestone soil  is shallow and rocky. Good sources of Les Champans include Domaine de Montille and Marquis d’Angerville.

The name derives from the local description for a sloping field.

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Les Taillepieds: This 7.17-hectare Premier Cru climat lies just south of the village of Volnay, in the central section of the commune,  immediately to the north of Clos des Chênes. Facing east, southeast, with an elevation ranging between 280 and 320 meters, and planted on hard marl and limestone colluviums, Les Taillepieds is among the best vineyards in Volnay.

The name [tailler (cut) + pieds (feet)] suggests that the steepness of slope and the sharpness of the rocks have conspired over the years to cut many a foot.

 The Les Taillepieds of Domaine de Montille has achieved almost iconic status, although Marquis d’Angerville is another good source.

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Les Evocelles: This 10.44-hectare climat is situated in the commune of Brochon but is entitled to the AOC  Gevrey-Chambertin. The vineyard is located high up the hill at the northwesterly-most point in viticultural Gevrey. The name derives from a corruption of Les Broselles, referring to a patch of scrubland. All of the adjacent and neighboring vineyards are designated Premier Cru. Les Evocelles enjoys a favorable south, southeast exposition and lies on the same calcareous soil as its neighboring Premiers Crus Champeaux and Combe aux Moines. While it is unclear why Les Evocelles missed out on the more prestigious denomination, arguably the high elevation of the vineyard, at almost 400 meters, occasionally affects the ripeness of the grapes in cool vintages. An excellent source is Domaine de la Vougeraie.

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La Justice:  This 18.27-hectare  climat in Gevrey-Chambertin is itself comprised of two subclimats of approximately equal size. The downhill subclimat is rich in alluvial gravel whereas the uphill parcel has very thin topsoil. The vineyard lies to the east of the town at a hollow in the hill that has benefited over the millenia from the alluvial flow of diverse minerality. By tradition, the name of this vineyard derives from its function in years past as a place where executions by hanging and guillotine were carried out. It beggars credulity, however, to suppose that the blood of aristocrats beheaded following the French Revolution can have much enriched the terroir and its wines. There are numerous owners of this vineyard although the most consistent source of elegant and concentrated wines comes from the Domaine de la Vougeraie.

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