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Bel Air: This small 2.65-hectare Premier Cru climat in Gevrey-Chambertin sits like a crown atop (on the uphill, western boundary of) the magnificent Grand Cru Chambertin, Clos de Bèze. Facing east from a steep slope that reaches 300 meters, the soil is essentially a continuation of the limestone soil of Clos de Bèze, although Bel Air enjoys somewhat deeper soil with more marl.

The vineyard was created from barren land in the 1960s and acquired Premier Cru status only in 1987. Some critics believe that especially in warm, ripe vintages, when the altitude is not a disadvantage, Bel Air can produce wine that closely resembles its neighbor, Chambertin, Clos de Bèze.

The vineyard name presumably derives from the fine, panoramic view that can be enjoyed from the site looking down on Gevrey-Chambertin.

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