Village appellation of the Côte de Beaune district (dept. of Côte-d'Or). This appellation includes 8 Premiers Crus " Climats " (named plots).
The commune of Pernand-Vergelesses also produces 3 Grands Crus: Corton, Corton-Charlemange and Charlemagne
On the label, the apellations Pernand-Vergelesses and Pernand-Vergelesses premier cru may be followed by the name of the " Climat " of origin.
Pernand-Vergelesses is tucked into the junction of two valleys among the hills of the Côte de Beaune. The nearby Hill of Corton stands guard over it and two other villages, Aloxe Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny, harbouring prestigious Grands Crus: Corton and Corton-Charlemangne. Pernand with its sloping site and steep streets has a smiling face. Jacques Copeau (1879-1949), a driving force behind the French theatrical renaissance of the 1920's and promoter of a " decentralised " dramatic tradition, spent a large part of his life here and it was Pernand which saw the genesis of the " Copiaus ".
Most of the vineyards face east or south with a few facing north-east. Altitudes : 250-300 metres. On the lower slopes are clayey-limestone soils mixed with « chaillots » (flinty residues from silcaceous limestones). These soils are easily-worked and rich in potassium and phosphoric acid. Mid-slope, the pebbly limestone soils suit the Pinot Noir, and at the top, the brown or yellowish marly soil harbours the Chardonnay.
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