Extreme Gevrey-Chambertin…



Lunchtime walking – taking advantage of the fading mist and nice sunshine. It will take you half an hour – maybe a little longer if you keep taking photos, like me!

From the foot of the Clos St.Jacques, you can follow a prepared walk (La Bossière) complete with its green way-markers and occasional info-plaques. There are two loops but I just took in the one that covers the Côte St.Jacques, cutting through Lavaux, through a central wooded part – en friche – then under Estournelles, Poissenot, Romanée – now above Varoilles and then curling your way back to the Clos St.Jacques.

This is ‘extreme Gevrey’ where the valley narrows to head up the Combe de Lavaux – here you will find less and less sunlight – parts of the vines in full-shade at midday in December. Let me tell you, leave the sunshine and it’s suddenly damn cold! It’s an area, in particular around Varoilles, that I find so atmospheric – especially with the cliffs of the Combe de Lavaux as a backdrop!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “Extreme Gevrey-Chambertin…”

  1. Dave DeSimone11th December 2020 at 9:23 pmPermalinkReply

    Terrific post, Bill. Nothing like being transported to Burgundy. Thanks!

  2. Sycamore14th December 2020 at 5:10 amPermalinkReply

    Bill, great pics, as always, and Happy pre-Christmas/Holidays to you and yours! Please remind me on the structure just beneath the Combe in the last pic — Faiveley (or other house?) renovating/renovated? Also, the pic raises a curious question: its almost exclusively evergreen behind the left of the structure; almost exclusively deciduous to the right. Do you know why? (or is it merely that this land has been managed for centuries and the plantings are what they are, vines and otherwise…..). I find it fascinating, either way….Todd

    • Sycamore14th December 2020 at 5:13 amPermalinkReply

      Okay, now it looks re-set — its not the last pic; may be 4th or 5th from last, but you’ll know what I mean…. 🙂

    • billn29th December 2020 at 6:47 amPermalinkReply

      Hi Todd
      Sorry for missing your question. It’s the small house in the Clos de Varoilles of Domaine de Varoilles – in good shape too.
      As for the woods, close to the vines as they are, I assume there has been some management over time but have no ‘real answer’ 🙂

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