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Morein

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Morein

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank.
Morein, spelled “Morin” in 1537, might come from the word “moraine” (moraine), meaning a mass of rocks and sediment deposited by a glacier. Or it could come from “moraillon” or “morillon”, the name of a varietal planted in the Middle Ages. Or it may stem from the family name of Morin, referring to the former proprietors of the place. Some etymologists believe that Morein has a Latin root and describes a prominent rock, although no such rocks are to be found in the landscape here. One might also consider a corruption of the French “maux reins” or “morts reins” (bad back), in reference to the suffering of winegrowers on this Climat. 

  

Pied d’Aloup

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Pied d’Aloup

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank.
The final “P” in Aloup is confusing here. Apparently, it was a mistake on the part of the head of the land registry in 1829, and the name actually comes from the Old French word “aloe” from the word “alouette” (lark). The winegrowers believed these birds were so light that they alone did not get bogged down in the clay ground after the rains. Another possible explanation is also bird-related: a plant with digitate leaves shaped like birds’ feet may have once grown here, such as birds-foot trefoil for example.  It is a very common name in France. 

  

Preuses

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Grand Cru appellation - Preuses

Chablis Grand Cru.
Preuses has no link with the adjective “preux” (valiant), referring to a knight. Instead, the name takes its origins from the word “pierre” (stone). The Preuses Climat runs along the side of a former Roman road that follows the valley of the River Serein, passing slightly above today’s roads, thus avoiding areas prone to flooding. The path here used to be called La Voie Pierreuse (The Stony Path). Over time, La Pierreuse became La Preuse. 

  

Roncières

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Roncières

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank.
Spelled “Roncières” in 1429, this name takes its origins from the many “ronciers” (brambles) that preceded the vines. Once the vines were established, the name was feminized to become Roncières.

  

Sécher

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Sécher

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank.
This name probably comes from the Latin word “secabilis” (able to be cut), derived from “secare”, (to saw). Prior to the major clearances of the 12th century, the Climat of Sécher was probably a wooded hill. In Old French, a “sécheron” is a kind of supporting cane, and “séchon” and “sichi” describe dead trees or dry wood.

  

Troesmes

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Troesmes

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank.
Troesmes perhaps comes from “troène” (privet), but it may also have its roots in the Old French word “trauwée”, which gives the word “trouée” (passage), possibly referring to the valley that separates the Climats of Troesmes and Côte de Savant.