Time in Bourgogne

  • Celia Hay

Bourgogne Burgundy

Bourgogne or Burgundy has 84 appellations. These range from 33 Grand Cru appellations with individual parcels known as climats and are considered the finest examples of wines from Bourgogne. There are also village and regional appellations. Click here to the Vins de Bourgogne website for more details.

Clos du Vougeot Grand Cru AOC

Tending the Vines

It has been very interesting to view a Grand Cru Appellation such as Corton, or Clos du Vougeot with over 80 owners of contiguous parcels with no fences between, and to observe how different parcels are managed from a viticultural perspective. 

Some appear to be hand-hoed, right next to a plot that is densely grassed and over-grown; some were pruned when we visited on 3/2/23 and others are not. Some old vines with knotty cordons and other with twisted canes.  Here are some photos to consider.

Vines on Hill of Corton, pruned and hoed.

More vines on the Hill of Corton

More vines on the Hill of Corton

The shingle road that runs along the climats of Corton.

From the Hill of Corton, looking down through the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru for Chardonnay.

Biodynamic vines, with sheep grazing beneath at the Grand Cru appellation of Romanee-St-Vivant in the village Vosne-Romanee.

Looking down to Chablis from Grand Cru vineyards for Chardonnay. This is Les Clos. Learn more here.

Hospices de Beaune

Entrance to the Hotel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune

Hotel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune

The Hotel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune now houses a museum which is worthy of a special trip to Beaune and suitable for its own separate post.

Celia Hay 4/3/23 

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