Discover the Clos-de-la-Roche appellation
The Clos-de-la-Roche appellation of controlled origin is produced on the Morey-Saint-Denis commune, in the Côte de Nuits. This 17 hectares vineyard stretches over a few localities, among which the eponymous Clos de la Roche, as well as the Mochamps or the Monts Luisants. The Clos-de-la-Roche AOC is a grand cru appellation. As such, it must follow very strict guidelines in order to use its name. The vineyard can produce up to 589 hectoliters of red wine (mainly made with Pinot Noir grapes) each year. Its soils are a blend of limestone and clay, with only a thin layer of actual soil at the top, covering an ocean of pebbles and huge rocks. Hence the appellation's name.
Planted by the Roman Empire, like many other vineyards in Burgundy and on the Côte d'Or, the Clos-de-la-Roche vineyard grew bigger thanks to the Catholic monks who took care of it during the entirety of the Middle Ages. Much later, in the 19th century, the Clos de la Roche locality and its vineyard were put in the "First Class" category by the "Comité de Viticulture de Beaune" (in 1860). As for the Clos-de-la-Roche grand cru AOC itself, it was created in December 1936. The vineyard and its famous cuvées were then bought by the Hospices de Beaune in 1991. It was their second acquisition, right after the Mazis-Chambertin in 1976.
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