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20 Dec 2010
Burgundy under snow
I was in Burgundy very recently, and it struck me how much easier it is to read the subtle nuances in the topography of the vineyards when they are under a lie of fresh snow. "Climats" are what the Burgundians call their various tiny plots of land, often walled, which have apparently minute variations of slope and orientation, as well as small differences in the textures of their soil compositions (the latter hidden by the snow, of course). These are the bricks that go to build the shimmering wall of Burgundy's wines in their infinite themed variations.