NEW 1ers FOR MONTHELIE AND THE MAP OF VOLNAY 1ers IS REDRAWN
Monthelie has 6.73 more hectares rated as premier cru. The Institut National de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO) has just classified the following four as 1er cru: Les Clous (3 ha), Le Clou des Chênes (1,5 ha), Les Barbières (1 ha), Le Clos des Toisières (0,43 ares). The INAO has also extended the area of a fifth premier cru, Les Riottes, by 80 ares, so it now covers 4 hectares.
Volnay has rather a complex patch of 1ers so rather than add more, the plan is to group some together – effective for the 2006 vintage. Four sectors have been joined together: Pitures premier cru has made a successful takeover bid for Chanlin i.e the wines produced in the locality of Chanlin will now be labelled Pitures. The same applies to En L’Ormeau which will now be included under Les Mitans. Le Ronceret will now include Les Aussy, and last, but not least, names of Carelle sous la Chapelle and Carelles-Dessous are to be merged as Carelle-Dessous la Chapelle. Easy!
The way it used to be…