At 350m and 15km south of Dijon, this parcel located in Gevrey-Chambertin, is right at the heart of the Cote de Nuits. It nestles between two prestigious cousins Les Ruchottes du Dessus to the north and le Chambertin-Clos-de-Beze, above which it sits. The climat Bel Air extends over a large area at the top of the Côte , but the greater part of it although classified is not at present planted. Instead at the end of the 19th century woods were planted here, mainly to protect the vines from cold winds and frost. Over 100 years ago one would hear talk of the Chateau Bel Air, standing dominant over the Grand Crus. The name Bel Air signifies an area where the air was purer than elsewhere, and they used to say that to take in the good air one would have to climb to the top of the Côte…. On his work on Le Chambertin Jean-Francois Bazin wrote that During the 1930s Bel Air was held in the same regard as the Grand Crus around it. It had to be that good to creep into the appellation boundary of Chambertin. Bel Air shares the same terroir as its neighbour Clos de Bèze, and the higher part of Ruchottes-Chambertin. An expressive nose features both red and black fruit, earth and lovely floral notes, especially violet. There is good richness and mineral hints on the balanced, complex and lingering finish.
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The Domaine de la Vougeraie was created by bringing together the Boisset family’s vineyards and other wine estates acquired over the years. The first of these goes back to 1964 with the first plot, Les Evocelles, in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, which was bought by our father when he started out.