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Grands Esprits

Planted in 1982, and occupying almost one-quarter of the Clos Marey-Monge’s overall surface area, the 220 rows of the Grand Champ plot adds the vital backbone, the skeleton, to Clos Marey-Monge’s complex flavor structure.


The shallow and well-drained soil of this plot provides ideal conditions for optimal grape maturity and infuses the final blend with its full-body, powerful tannins and high acidity. Our winemaker, Emmanuel, likes to call Grand Champ “the backbone” because it provides the final blend of Clos Marey-Monge Monopole with very powerful with robust tannins and minerality.

With the largest volume of limestone in Clos Marey-Monge, the soils of Grand Champ are well-drained and not very deep, providing all the necessary ingredients for perfect grape maturity.

Clos With A View:
The scenery from Grand Champ, with the “Mountains of Pommard”, is pretty inspiring

Planted in 1982, and making up almost one-quarter of the Clos’ overall surface area, the vines of this plot have only just reached old age, which means we have many decades more to savor their wisdom and grace.

Terroir Composition

Lumpy brown limestone soil

Clay 36%, Silt 40%, Sand 24%
Large internal surface area: 376m2/g

Lumpy brown clay-limestone soil

Limestone gravel
Clay 30%, Silt 32%, Sand 38%
Internal surface area: 397m2/g

Limestone rocks from the Dheune Valley evacuation cone

Adama Report:
 A 2017 geological report put Grand Champ to the test


Area  3,9840ha (33a 50ca)

Rows 220

Planted 1982

Percentage of Clos Marey-Monge 22%

Pruning Method Guyot-Poussard

Seven Terroirs:
 The plot map of Clos Marey-Monge