Boutières : This is the name of two plots at Aloxe-Corton, above the D974 road from Dijon to Beaune. A large plot named “Aux Boutières” runs on from these plots at Savigny-lès-Beaune, and above, the Champ Chevrey climat points to a hollow path probably followed by mules transporting wine-filled “boutes” (goatskins). We can follow their steps thanks to the three parcels at Pernand-Vergelesses which prolong the Savigny-lès-Beaune lieu-dit “Aux Boutières” and are called Les Boutières. The layout of these parcels is surprising. They are spaced out along this very ancient road which probably enabled the mule-riders to get to the Arrière-Côte villages to supply them with wine. We would like to know where these mule-drivers came from; possibly from the port of Seurre which is closer to these villages than Chalon-sur-Saône. Oil and wine were transported by mule in “boutes”: goatskins containing about 50 litres. Would this name, which stems from imperial Latin BUTTIS “wine vessel” originate from Gallic? We don’t know. It could rather be a Mediterranean term linked with vine growing.
Valozières : At Aloxe-Corton, this climat lies in a humid, slightly hollow place, where osiers or small size willows thrived; their shoots are used to make bonds to tie up the vine or plants, and also for wickerwork. In ancient French, Osier or Osière – probably derived from Frankish *Alisa – designates wicker.
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The vineyard plot(s)
Several plots of vines between 30 and 60 years old (average age 40 years). Massal selection of Pinot Noir.
The soil and subsoil
The various plots have similarities in their terroir. They are made up of clay over stones and gravel from the alluvial fan of Aloxe-Corton. The ground is quite compact and heavy which makes it relatively cool.
According to the vintage conditions.