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Vaillons

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Vaillons

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank. Principal Climat.
In this name, spelled “Valion” in 1429, there is the notion of a little valley, a “vallon” which has been corrupted into “Vaillon”. Old folk here used to call valleys “valsons”. So Vaillons comes from the Latin “vallis” or “valles” (valley).

  

Valmur

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Grand Cru appellation - Valmur

Chablis Grand Cru
Spelled Vallemeur in 1537, this name has two possible origins. Either it comes from “la vallée aux meures” (the valley of brambles), attesting to the presence of brambles in this area. Or the name could come from the word “meurs” (walls), constructed to mark out a property, or built along the edges of plots from stones extracted from the fields. These walls were called “murgers” or “meurgers”, giving La Vallée des Meurgers

  

Vau Ligneau

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Vau Ligneau

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank. Principal Climat.
This name could be a corruption of “vau vigneau”, (valley of vines). Indeed, a nearby lieu-dit is called Vau Vigneau. Or perhaps it refers to a valley once covered with trees from the Latin “lignum” (wood). Or to the boundaries in the woods created by paths known as “lignes”. Maybe it stems from the local word “lignot” (bindweed), or is even derived from the “linot”, (linnet). In short, theories abound here. 

  

Vau de Vey

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Vau de Vey

Chablis Premier Cru Left Bank. Principal Climat.
Pronounced “Vau d’Vey”, the Vau de Vey Climat was written “Vau de Vé” in 1537. The name refers to the valley of the “vai”, “vay” or “vey”, and comes from the Latin word “vadum” (ford, damp place or bog). The stream that flows here used to flood the entrance to the valley. 

  

Vaucoupin

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Premier Cru appellation - Vaucoupin

Chablis Premier Cru Right Bank. Principal Climat.
The name Vaucoupin could refer to a “vallée” (valley) that used to be wood-covered but was subsequently “coupée” (cut), or “redécoupée” (shared out) between several different owners. It might also refer to the valley where the Copin family owned land. 

  

Vaudésir

Bourgogne wine, Chablis Grand Cru appellation - Vaudésir

Chablis Grand Cru
Perhaps the name Vaudésir indicates a desire. In 1429, there were vines here called Vau Daisey, part of the king's vineyard. The name was also spelled “Vau Daisy”, “Vaul Daisy” and then “Valdesay” and “Valdaisay” in 1537. In Old French, “hait” means hope, wish or desire, making the connection very simple: from “val des haits” one gets “vau des haits” and then “vau désir”. The name Vaudésir was first recorded in 1770.
In the Middle Ages, there were several people named Desay who were winegrowers in Chablis. A person of that name could also have given their name to this valley, making it Vallée Desay.
Perhaps “la vallée de tous les désirs” (the valley of all desires) is the best explanation. It is almost certainly the most charming name given to a winegrowing Climat.