Echoes des Terroir January 2014 – Corton-Charlemagne
“the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.”
A huge amount is said about ‘terroir’ here in Burgundy. In an attempt to try and understand it a little better myself, this year I am embarking on a sound collecting project with my good friend Nick from Maison Harbour.
From Dijon to Santennay, the heart of Burgundy’s wine producing region is made up of a intricate mosaic of small fields that each have their own characteristics. Their geological make up and exposure to the elements producing vines who’s fruit is unique.
Famed amongst wine lovers the pinot noir and chardonnay wines produces from these historic fields are as varied as their historic names suggest. Many know the nuanced flavours of these field, experts can pick them out on a map, many could recognise them from a photograph. But what do these small pieces of agricultural real estate sound like throughout the year?
On a bitterly cold morning in January, with a heavy mist hanging over the vines and the monotonous tones of the distant motorway as a soundtrack, we hiked up to the the acclaimed Grand Cru parcel of Corton-Chalemagne,to record a two minute soundbite. Sitting high on a granite hill side above the alluvial plains that spread in front of Savigny Les Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses, this is truly the heart of Burgundy wine county and a fitting place to start our audio adventure into terroir.
Pop on your headphones, pour a glass of wine and enjoy the first instalment of Echoes Des Terroir.
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