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Grands-Échezeaux

 

Discover the Grands-Échezeaux appellation

 

The Grands-Échezeaux (the name comes from the Latin word "Casellum", used to talk about a hamlet), as well as the Échezeaux, are bother located on the Flagey-Échezeaux commune, to the north of the Clos de Vougeot vineyard. The latter itself is a part of the bigger Côte de Nuits vineyard, in Burgundy. Échezeaux and Grands-Échezeaux are not attached to the Vosne-Romanée commune, contrary to what some may have thought. They instead act as a geographical border between the crus from Vosne-Romanée and the Clos de Vougeot. The soils of the Grands-Échezeaux vineyard are a blend of marls, clay and limestone. These 7,5 hectares of land can produce up to 280 hectoliters of wine per year.

The vineyard was born around the 6th century AD, in the region near Flagey-Échezeaux. Winemaking was a Catholic tradition at the time, which meant that a lot of abbeys and monasteries had their own little vineyard to tend to. In the 14th century, the Gamay grape variety was the new favorite of the local monks and wine merchants, going against all the other traditional and more respected Burgundy varieties. The name "Échezeaux Bas" made its appearance in the early 18th century, turning into "Grands-Échezeaux" in 1855. The AOC was officially recognized in 1937. Many experts have agreed over the years that this appellation, formerly criticized, is now one of the best grands crus in the region.

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