Photographer's Note

View on the vineyards of the Coast of the wines since the upper part of the village of Brochon, to the south of the Dijon city .

Behind me one can imagine the hills and plateaus characterizing the region of Burgundy. In front of me one can see the great plain of the Saône. This plain is the lowest point of Burgundy. It starts from Dijon to the North, and ends after more than 100km (62mi) to the south (near the city of Macon). It separates the Burgundy hills to the Jura Massif in a marked way, from west to east by about 40km (25mi) .

The vineyard of Burgundy, like on the shot, clings on the last hills's slopes all along this plain (it is especially visible between Dijon and the city of Beaune, more to the south). Here although the quality of wine is of international renown, in full winter the temperatures fall by several degrees below 0°C (32°F) during about 4 months. Then how the grapevine withstands this climate?

It's explainable, because the grapevine has a vegetative rest in winter. So she will be able to withstand a temperature of about -20°C (-4°F) without damage for woods. In the beginning of the spring, during the end of its vegetative rest, she will be able hardly to withstand a temperature of -8°C (18°F). And, from the moment where has occurred the budding, a grapevine could be destroyed around -2.5°C (27.5°F) .

There is therefore during the spring a period of maximal sensitivity to the frost. However the vineyards of this region benefits from a microclimate that, due to their southeasterly exposure, favors the maximal temperatures in the spring and in summer. This particular topography also shelters it at the same time against the oceanic rains from the west and the risks of belated frosts from the east.

"Knife edge", Richard Thompson, album "Strict Tempo!" (1981).

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