1. Chardonnay grows better in these lighter, higher limestone content soils. Pinot Noir prefers some clay and silt, too.
2. Valleys make incisions into the hills, meaning more rain and wind assail the vines. Sturdier Chardonnay handles this better than thin-skinned Pinot.
3. The slopes are gentler, making the wrong exposition unforgiving for sun-seeking Pinot Noir.
From north to south, let’s examine this trail of microscopically mapped terroir to see what it delivers to your glass village by village.
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