Well before the French Revolution the 24-acre Vignes Franches vineyard was a gift of the Province of Burgundy to a loyal group of subjects in gratitude for their service to the crown. The land was specially exempt from all duties; hence the name “franches,” or free of taxes. Later, a portion of the Vignes Franches was donated to the convent of Saint-Ursule, a teaching order established in Beaune in 1626. This portion was later walled, and has since borne the name “Clos des Ursules.” The Clos des Ursules is a 6.8-acre enclave purchased by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1826, which has remained a solely-owned property of the Jadot family ever since. It is the jewel of the Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot portfolio, producing a wine of consistent excellence which, for the characteristic delicacy and suppleness of Vignes Franches, shows striking tannin and dimension. Fermentation is carried out as naturally as possible in open tanks (without stems). It usually undergoes fairly long fermentation (25-33 days) in order to extract color, tannins and aromas. The different premier crus are vinified separately and then aged in wooden barrels for 15-18 months. It will age well in cellar 10-15 years (in good conditions).