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Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Corvees Pagets Wine


Clos des Corvees Pagets s a Premier Cru climat of the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation in the Cote de Nuits. As such, wines made exclusively from grapes grown within the site, and in accordance with the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation laws, may claim the title Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru. The wines may also be labeled with the climat name featured as part of the appellation title.

The Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru vineyards line the mid-slope of the Cote d'Or escarpment, from Vosne-Romanee in the north to Premeaux-Prissey in the south. Their flow is broken only by the streets and houses of Nuits-Saint-Georges itself, in the narrow valley of the Meuzin river.

The Clos des Corvees Pagets site is a sub-section of the larger Les Corvees climat just outside Premeaux-Prissey. There are several clos vineyards in this area around Premeaux, most of which are monopoles. 

Corvee means unpaid labor, enforced on serfs by the lords of the land. The landlord's right to Corvee labor was of particular relevance to winemaking in pre-revolutionary France, as it was most rigorously invoked at harvest time, when the serfs were busy with their own crops. It is possible that the Pagets part of the name is a form of the French word payee (paid), implying that the work done on this section of the Corvees site was awarded with payment. An historic parallel might be drawn here with the La Tache Grand Cru site, whose name means "The Task", and refers to the labor involved in tending the vines.


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