The Clos des Chênes is a large vineyard occupying most of the midslope, south of Volnay. Clos de Chênes has excellent neighbors, with Les Caillerets to the south, Taille Pieds to the north, and En Champans to the northeast. The slope is moderate and faces southeast. This position on the slope provides a clean, fresh breeze.
Frédéric believes that location is everything for this complex vineyard. The Lafarge parcel of 55 year-old vines is in the Northeast corner of the vineyard and is the first parcel to the south of Taille Pieds at the intersection of the 4 premier cru vineyards of Volnay (Clos de Chênes, Les Caillerets, Taille Pieds, and En Champans). The depth of the soils in the Lafarge parcels varies from 28-38 cm, but Frédéric only works the first 5-10 cm of the soil. The Lafarge parcel is on the lower portion of the vineyard with the convex slope where the soils are more red and more iron-rich, which give the wines their original, generous expression with great potential for aging.