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A term used primarily in French Burgundy (clos = closed, clôture = enclosure) for a vineyard or site, but also for wineries that own such a site. As a rule, this is a reference to an enclosure with a wall, although this may no longer exist or may never have existed. In the Middle Ages, Clos was rather a general term for a vineyard. Many such vineyards were walled by the Cistercians in the Middle Ages to protect them from animals and the weather. The best-known walled vineyards include Clos de Vougeot (with a high, kilometre-long wall, some of which still exists today) and Clos des Lambrays in the Côte d'Or area.

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