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Jules Lavalle listed it as a “Première Cuvée” in his 1855 classification. It was considered at that time that “the wine of Clos de la Roche is equal to that of Clos de Tart”. Given the rank of Grand Cru by the decree issued on 8th December 1936, Clos de la Roche is made up of several climats: Les Fremières, Les Froichots, Les Mochamps, Les Chabiots and the lower part of Les Monts-Luisants. In 1971, Genavrières and Chaffots were added after a decree was issued.
In the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, it is said that the name Clos de la Roche has two origins. The first appears to have come from its topographical position, because the climat is located “sur la roche”, on the rock. The second is thought to come from “pierre vivante”, living stone, a tribute to a Gallic dolmen that no longer exists but which was used as part of worship by a druidic or