– Creux Brouillard : At Gevrey-Chambertin this large plot is situated below the D974 road from Dijon to Beaune and its slightly hollow landscape explains the first part of its name. Those who wrote down the word “Brouillard” on the land registry have mistaken the Old French Brouillas “fog” with the Old French Breuillat, derived from Breuil “small territory”, then “wood, bush, thicket” – from common Latin *BROGILUS, translated literally from Gallic BROGILOS. Breuillat would have been the appropriate word, for bushes and coppice thrived on this hollow land and then disappeard when vines began to be planted.
– Croix des Champs : At Gevrey-Chambertin, this is where the gallows was erected, not far from Jouise, along a very busy road, like many gallows in the Middle Ages. The bodies of the hanged men were exposed to the gaze of passers-by which presumably gave them food for thought.
– Le Fourneau : At Gevrey-Chambertin, some stoves were put up on this plot along the D974 road from Dijon to Beaune, and this was the place where the inhabitants came and treated the iron nodules they had found in the fields.
– La Platière : At Gevrey-Chambertin in Les Bas (at the Bottom) this is the name of two plots below Grands Champs. In Burgundian patois Platère is an alteration of Old French Platière, derived from Plat, which designates flat ground at the bottom of a hill. It can be ploughed and cultivated land where Plates or furrows were dug before planting a vine. This word is mostly represented in Southern Burgundy and on the river Saône Plain.
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The vineyard plot(s)
Made from a blend of 6 plots the Gevrey-Chambertin comes exclusively from old, massal selection vines. The lieu-dit La Platière is currently being replanted.
The soil and subsoil
If the soils on the different plots are not all identical they do nevertheless share a principal characteristic: they are all made up of clayey limestone located on the alluvial fan of the Combe de Lavaux valley. This remnant of a previous ice age with its fan made up of gravel and pebbles provides excellent drainage for the vines enabling them to dig deep into the ground whilst avoiding excess water and minerals.
According to the vintage conditions.
Various expositions on generally quite shallow slopes.