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Description to Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
Village-Appellation in the Burgundy area Côte de Nuits, which is named after the municipality of the same name. It borders the commune of Morey-Saint-Denis to the south. The total area under vine covers around 500 hectares, including some vineyards in the neighbouring municipality of Brochon. In 1847, Gevrey added the name Chambertin to the place name, which is the name of the most famous and best vineyard on the Côte d'Or. A Chambertin red wine was also one of the favourite wines of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). This is why it is also called "King of wines, wine of kings". A large part of the vineyards already belonged to the Benedictines of Cluny Abbey, located southeast of Mâcon, in the 13th century. Here the best red wines of Burgundy are made from mainly Pinot Noir with, if necessary, shares of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault. These wines can be stored for many decades and are usually even darker than many other Burgundy communities. The most outstanding wines come from the nine Grand Cru sites. Chambertin is so well known and famous as a site that all eight other Grand-Crus have (legally) added this name to theirs.
The Grands Crus are Chambertin (13 ha), Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (15 ha), Chapelle-Chambertin (5.4 ha), Charmes-Chambertin (32 ha, part of the vineyard is called Mazoyères, therefore Mazoyères-Chambertin may also appear on the label), Griotte-Chambertin (5.5 ha), Latricières-Chambertin (7 ha), Mazis-Chambertin (13 ha, also Mazy-Chambertin) and Ruchottes-Chambertin (3.5 ha). The wine from the Clos de Bèze vineyard may also be labelled as Chambertin (this vineyard is located next to it), but the reverse is not true. These two sites are also considered the very best of the area, if not of Burgundy.
The Premiers Crus comprise a total of 85 hectares of vineyards. These are Au Closeau, Aux Combottes, Bel Air, Cazetiers (9 ha), Champeaux (6.7 ha), Champonnet (3.2 ha), Cherbaudes, Clos des Varoilles, Clos du Chapitre, Clos Prieur, Clos Prieur-Haut, Clos Saint-Jacques 6.7 ha), Combe au Moine (4.7 ha), Craipillot, En Ergot, Estournelles-Saint-Jacques, Fonteny, Issarts, La Bossière, La Perrière, La Romanée, Lavaut Saint-Jacques (10 ha), Les Cazetiers, Les Corbeaux (3 ha), Les Goulots, Petite Chapelle, Petits Cazetiers and Poissenot. Well-known producers with Grand-Cru and/or Premier-Crus sites are Bachelet, Bichot (Domaine du Clos Frantin), Bouchard Père et Fils, Burguet, Joseph Drouhin, Dugat Claude, Dugat-Py, Domaine Dujac, Fréderic Esmonin, Michel Esmonin, Faiveley, Jadot, Herezstyn, Domaine Leroy, Maume, Mortet, Roty, Rousseau, Serafin and Varoilles.