In Beaune, these are ancient fields, large plots following the gentle slope of the Montagne de Beaune. The highest of them is situated below the lieu-dit Montée Rouge, where the slope is steeper. “Pimont” comes from the term Piémont “the foot of the mount” or the medieval Latin PEDEMONTIUM which translates to Italian as “piè-di-monte”; it is used to name several Burgundian climats and lieux-dits. It is also used in Italy especially in the northwestern region of Piedmont which bridges a part of the Alps and the Pô plain. Champ(s) : masculine noun, 11th century – from the Latin CAMPUS “flat land, plain, cultivated plain, field”. The Latin word CAMPUS has gradually replaced the Latin word AGER “fields, land, farm land”. It designates a certain surface area, a flat and open space, fit for cereal farming. We have noticed that the climats and lieux-dits bearing this name, or whose name begins with the word “Champ(s)”, usually cover large easy-to-plough surface areas. The fields enabled the farmers to provide for their needs and to feed their cattle which were plentiful in the villages of the Côte. The fifty or so climats or lieux-dits which use this name to designate a plot, cultivated or not, leads us to imagine what the Burgundy Côte countryside may have looked like before the vine became predominant.
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The vineyard plot(s)
Old massal selection of vines of an average age of 80 years. Good selection of Pinot Noir “Fin” which produce small, aerated, millerandage-affected bunches of tiny, aromatic and concentrated grapes.
The soil and subsoil
Silty soil over a subsoil of stone and pebbles (alluvial fan). This type of ground is well-drained, warm and favours early ripening.
According to the vintage conditions.
Looking over the town of Beaune this plot is made up of two terraces facing south south-east at an altitude of around 240 metres.