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The clay and calcareous soil in the vineyards of Greffiere combined with a south west exposure, gives their wines a rounded yet mineral quality. It is the ability of the Pinot Noir grape to exhibit both these extremes which makes it remarkable. Conversely, it is the terroir of Burgundy that encourages the development of these qualities; a perfect combination.
Greffiere is a Mâconnaise Chateau as well as an old winery restored in order to become a museum, it's history in wine dates back to 1585. It's in 1789 that the cellar was dug, and in 1830 the Castle to demonstrate the past success. Currently the family that produce Chateau de la Greffiere's wines have been doing so for 3 generations in the Mâconnais. Therefore, it's with experience and determination that they produce each years wines that are very expressive of the terroir. The vineyards are in La Roche Vineuse, Mâconnais, in the south of Burgundy.
The great wines of Burgundy are uniquely complex, compelling and at times memorizing. Above all they are evocative, transformative but like all creatures, temperamental and anything but dependable. Two grapes dominate this agricultural masterpiece, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both grapes achieve their greatest elegance when planted in cooler climates, to which Burgundy is the coolest and most Northern climate of all the major regions famous for red wines. When winemakers talk about Burgundy, they generally speak of terroir, the compilation of the vineyard's soil, slope, orientation, nuance of climate, etc. This concept of terroir is what makes wines produced from grapes even in the same village or vineyard strikingly different. Burgundy is a place of legend, awe and adventure, a place that wine lovers call home.