Grand Cru Chablis vines in Les Clos in early June.

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In Burgundy between Lyon and Dijon is the magnificent chain of vineyards renowned as the Cote D'Or, or golden slope.  From these limestone rich, hillside vineyards come the greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the world.  There are three classifications of vineyard: Villages, Premier Cru and Grand Cru.  The Grand Cru vineyards are located in a sweet spot about halfway up the hillsides.

Over many years the winegrowers came to realize that certain parts of the slope produced superior wines that had more nuance of flavor, more depth and length on the palate, and that aged longer. A difference of a only a few feet produced wines that tasted and aged differently.  These special micro-climates are part of the mystery and majesty of Burgundy.

There are also a few Premier Cru vineyards that some think should be elevated to Grand Cru status and once in a great while a vineyard has been upgraded.  Currently there is a campaign to promote the premier cru vineyard Les Saint Georges in Nuits Saint Georges. Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques and Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru les Amoureuses have both been mentioned for years as 1er Crus that could easily be awarded Grand Cru status.

What four Burgundy Grand Cru vineyards contain the name of the former or current vineyard owners in the Appellation Controllee?  The lucky people who guess the correct answers will receive a two piece disposable corkscrew to throw away at airport security!

 

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