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Pinot Noir in Burgundy
In Burgundy, the monks lived under the monastic rules of Saint-Benoît. Land clearers, over time they became winegrowers and builders. They took care of the vines by cultivating the famous Pinot Noir. The Château du Clos de Vougeot became the home of this grape variety. The Cistercian monks began to delimit their vineyards all along the Côte-d'Or by identifying the terroirs and vineyard plots in “climates”. The vineyards took the names of nearby villages such as Pommard or Nuits-Saint-Georges. The classification of the wines then appeared, it is defined according to numerous precise and strict criteria. They are qualified in Grands Crus and Premiers Crus.
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