Oenologie - Pour ne pas confondre climat et météo... - Les Grappes

So as not to confuse climate and weather...

Climate of Burgundy: a word we see every day since their inscription on the UNESCO list, without knowing how to explain what it is. Let's shed light on this somewhat obscure term!

What exactly is a Climate?

What was bound to happen happened... You played it smart at this business lunch and you finally managed to invite your big boss John, who was passing through Paris, to confide in him your desire to expatriate... Hum a few years under the California sun, you dream about it! Except that, his first sip of Meursault barely swallowed, John asks you this question which is close to his heart, he is used to vineyards as far as the eye can see: what exactly is a climate? And there, out of fuel, you feel well that it is not a question of starting from the weather: how to get out of it? It's quite simple: Burgundy is a huge mosaic of different terroirs. The term Climate comes from the fact that each parcel has its own geological and climatic specificities. To these characteristics is added the work of the winegrowers, a know-how that is often thousands of years old, passed down from generation to generation. In other words, we in France can be proud of this heritage!

"In Burgundy, when we speak of a Climate, we don't raise our eyes to the sky, we lower them to the earth."

The climates are precisely delimited on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, south of Dijon. Their small size ranges from a few ares for the smallest (10.8 a for La Toppe au Vert in AOC Corton, in the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny) to a few dozen hectares for the largest (40.9 ha for Les Beaumont in Chorey-les-Beaune). There are 1463 climates referenced in Burgundy, often with evocative names: les Combettes, les Perrières, les Chaumes, les Perdrix... All are well delimited on the cadastral maps. The Climats de Bourgogne are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 4 July 2015. And if you feel inspired, take up this famous quotation from Bernard Pivot, an ardent defender of the Climats: "In Burgundy, when we talk about a Climate, we do not raise our eyes to the sky, we lower them to the earth. "»

Nathalie, contributor Les Grappes

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