Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2011 - 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.

Tasting Note

Deep, ruby-red robe. Powerful nose, intense and forthright, already revealing hints of violet and black pepper. The palate is illuminated by the marvellous synergy of two supposedly contradictory forces: superb concentration and substance are reconciled with the delicacy, subtlety and elegance for which this great terroir is so highly-prized. (March 2013)

The Weather

It was summery in spring, which gave the vegetative cycle a good head start. The weather during summer was unstable and kept changing, alternating hot, sunny days with spells of rain. The weather became stable and sunny again from the beginning of September.

The Harvest

On September 2nd, we began with the whites to preserve the freshness and tension, then the Clos de l'Arlot's young vines, (in the sunny sector and therefore early). We ended with the Clos des Forêts' old vines on September 9th.

The Grapes

The rigorousness of the sorting was a determinant factor. At the domaine, all of our pickers are our usual ones who are fully aware of the importance of this selection. They did it so well that not many grapes needed to be removed from the sorting table at the winery.


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