Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2003 - Wine


Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru
Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru

The Style of the Wine

It is always a privilege to taste a Romanée Saint Vivant. It is a rare emotion born from being close to a masterpiece of nature and man. It has a sumptuous, imposing appearance and is a bright ruby colour. The bouquet has a radiant richness passing from black cherries to raspberry jelly and blackberry cordial with violets. With age it develops notes of undergrowth and leather. This immense wine has expressive intensity and depth. It is smooth but not flabby, silky but structured, dense but elegant. Everything mingles and links together to create sublime complexity.

The Terroir

The vineyard of Romanée Saint Vivant is wonderfully located, with only a road separating it from the Romanée-Conti. It has fabulously generous earth on sublime ground whose mixture of clay and limestone makes one of the greatest reds in the world.

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- A long history: founded in 1098, the abbey of Citeaux has made a lengthy contribution to the extension of vines in Burgundy. The monks of Saint-Vivant de Vergy were very much involved in this, so much so that a vineyard in the Côte de Nuits was named after them. - Some oak but not too much: despite or because of its Grand Cru status, for the Romanée Saint Vivant, the use of new oak during elevage remains very moderate: 30% to 50%. Oak helps define the structure of the wine while also contributing some discreet spicy notes. - Up until 1990, this vineyard was in the hands of a single winemaker from of the village of Aloxe-Corton. The first vintage of this wine to be produced by Domaine de l'Arlot was 1991.

The Weather

Everyone remembers the heatwave which ignited summer. The great heat and drought lasted so long that they really made a mark on the vintage.

The Harvest

Harvesting had never been so extremely early. Picking began with the whites on August 26th, and on September 4th, all the grapes had been picked.

The Grapes

Small grapes with thick skins, and perfectly ripe stems and pips. A high-quality harvest but with very low yields, less than half the size of a normal crop.


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