Les Corbeaux

Les Corbeaux is a Premier Cru climat within the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation just south of Dijon. The vineyard is at the very northern end of the Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru hill, next to the Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru climat. The wines made here, based on Pinot Noir, are medium bodied with red fruit characters and soft tannins, but lack the concentration of the Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru wines.

The vineyard sits just south of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin itself, at the mouth of the Combe de Lavaux, a small valley that cuts into the Cote d’Or escarpment. This valley has a significant effect on the terroir in many of the central climats of Gevrey-Chambertin, including Les Corbeaux and its surrounding Premier Cru climats Fonteny and Issarts.

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This is reflected in the mesoclimate of Les Corbeaux, particularly in relation to the Grand Cru climats. Here, a westerly wind that is funneled through the Combe brings cooling influences to the vineyard, and the grapes have less time to develop phenols and sugars. This leads ultimately to a lighter style of wine than comes from the more sheltered Grand Cru vineyards to the south.

Les Corbeaux has a similar soil makeup to Mazis-Chambertin, with a high proportion of limestone and clay. This has proved very useful viticulturally, as it stores water as well as draining excess, forcing vines to work hard for hydration. Vigor and yield is reduced as a result, leading to the production of high-quality berries.

The vineyard’s position on the edge of the Grand Cru climats means that its wines demand some high prices, despite not being one of the best terroirs in Gevrey-Chambertin.

Last edited on 10/22/2019 by charlie11

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