At Aloxe-Corton the two parcels of this climat are situated below Les Perrières and Les Grèves, at the end of the Pernand-Vergelesses Combe valley, on a very mineral slope. Therefore, the chailles (stony lands) represent the major part of their soil. One of the most widely spread names in Northern France toponomy to designate gravelly soils is Chail or Cail. These are usually masculine words except for in Burgundy where they are in the feminine and where Caille or Chaille prevail! They stem from a Gallic word *CAL-YO “caillou”, originating from the pre-Indo-European root *KAR/*KAL “stone, stony slope”. Chaille has been frequently used in French dialects and it is still a living word in Burgundy, where it designates, in the vineyard in particular, hard little stones, nodule shaped flint. They are plentiful in the chalky rocks composing the biggest part of the Côte de Nuits but they are less present in the marl-limestone rocks that form the Côte de Beaune lands. The “terres à chailles” “stony lands” are favourable to vine growing as water easily penetrates into the ground and easily evaporates tool. The sun heated stones transmit their heat to the soil that covers the vine stems.
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The vineyard plot(s)
Vines about 40 years old from several old selections of Pinot Noir.
The soil and subsoil
Chalky, stony ground with silt and gravel.
According to the vintage conditions.