La Grande Rue is located north of La Tache and just south of La Romanee, Romanee-Conti and Romanee-Saint-Vivant – indeed a sweetspot just next to the very best vineyards in Burgundy – or if you like in the world.
Whereas the four other vineyards are famous and most wines from them achieve high prices .. La Grande Rue is less hyped and relatively unknown despite its very prominent location.
So what is the story of La Grande Rue?
The early history of La Grande Rue
The first mention of La Grande Rue was according to Jasper Morris7 in 1450 where the owner is mentioned as Richard de Chissey. At that time the area was around 22 ouvrées – just under 1 ha.
The ownership of La Grande Rue before the revolution is otherwise unknown – but after the revolution it was most likely sold of as bien national to the Marey family .. who acquired a lot of vineyards in those years.
The Marey ownership of La Grande Rue
In 1720 Claude Marey, secretary of the king and mayor of Nuits-Saint-Georges founded the wine merchant C.Marey in Nuits-Saint-Georges 9. The Marey family already then owned vineyards and they expanded the holdings over the next century and especially after the revolution.
In 1781 his son Claude Philibert Marey took over the wine merchant house, and ran the business until his death in 18049 – where his son Guillaume Felix Marey (1783 – 1869) took over the wine merchant business.
Guillaume Felix Marey was married to Félicité de Champeaux de La Boulaye (1794 – 1866) in 18138. The couple had 5 children, and the first born Ludovie Marey (1814 – 1874) was married to Comte Louis Charles Liger-Belair (1802 – 1878) in 1834 – and this was how the Liger-Belair family entered the C. Marey merchant business and the history of La Grande Rue8. The wine merchant business changed name to C.Marey and Comte Liger-Belair in 18529.
Comte Louis Charles Liger-Belair was the adopted son of Louis Liger-Belair (1772 – 1835) and from his father’s side he got a fine portfolio of vineyards. Louis Liger-Belair – a Napoleonic general – acquired Chateau Vosne-Romanee in 1815 and several fine vineyards – including La Tache and La Romanee8 + 10.
In 1855 Lavalle1 wrote that La Grande Rue was under Liger-Belair ownership, thus indicating that this vineyard was passed on from Marey ownership to Liger-Belair ownership after the marriage in 1834.
The Liger-Belair and Champeaux era
Louis Charles Liger-Belair and Ludovie Marey had two children – Edgar Bocquillon Liger-Belair (1835 – 1915) and Cécile Bocquillon Liger-Belair (1843 – 1876)8.
Edgar Liger-Belair was married to Marie Bidault in 1863 and Cécile Bocquillon Liger-Belair was married to Joseph de Champeaux de Saucy also in 18638 – and this is how the Champeaux name entered the ownership history of La Grande Rue.
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