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Côte des Prés Girots

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Côte des Prés Girots

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank.
In 1429, Prés-Girots was spelled “Pré Giraut” or “Pré Girart”, and in 1537, there is a record of a “Couste des Prégirauts”. It refers to the hillside located above “des prés qui tournent” (turning fields) from the Low Latin “gyrare” (to turn around), possibly referring to the shape of the valley bottom.
Another possibility is that the “côte” (hillside) above the fields belonged to a family called Girault or someone named Girard

  

Les Epinottes

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Les Epinottes

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank.
Spelled “L’Espinotte” in 1429, this name has something spiky about it, coming from the Latin “spina”, (spine or spike). This word is also behind the “épinette” - a pointed secateur used for harvesting, and a multitude of other words like “épine dorsale” (backbone or spine) and “épingle” (pin). Other words include the Old French word “espinar” (hedgehog), “espinat” (thorny bush), and “éspinaie” (a place covered with thorns). Thorns, like brambles, inspired people to name these places once they had removed the brush and planted them with vines.

  

Forêts

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Forêts

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank.
Spelled “Forest” in 1367 in the phrase, “Une pièce de vigne séant en la forest” (A plot of vines alongside the forest), the name of the Forêts Climat probably comes from its location. But by 1367, the vines had already taken over from the trees.

  

Fourchaume

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Fourchaume

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank. Principal Climat.
The name Fourchaume may come from “four à chaux” or “le fourchaux” (lime kiln). Or it could come from the word “fourche” (fork), referring to a fork in a road. However, local tradition has a different explanation, suggesting it relates to the “fourche patibulaire”, a sinister-looking gibbet made from two posts sticking out of the ground, that was once located half a league away on the road to Chablis, at the foot of the Fourchaume hill.

  

Les Fourneaux

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Les Fourneaux

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank. Principal Climat.
Les Fourneaux, written in the singular in 1537, almost certainly has a link with heat, perhaps referring to the former “fours à chaux” (lime kilns) that have now disappeared, or to the sun’s rays on the winegrowers’ skins or those of the grapes. Les Fourneaux is a very common lieu-dit name in France.

  

Grenouilles

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Grand Cru appellation - Grenouilles

Chablis Grand Cru.
Written “Gernoille” in the Middle Ages and pronounced “Guernouille” by the old folk of Chablis, this word in Old French means “grenouille” (frog). The first vines to grow at the bottom of this hill were close to the River Serein and frogs no doubt came to keep the winegrowers company.