Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2012 - 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, garnet-red colour. A heady bouquet opening with a lively freshness, soon making way for more complex, intriguing aromas. So long on the palate it feels never-ending, with a tight, dense texture which nonetheless remains supple and refined. Great strength of character and length of flavour: a profound, distinguished wine. The power and concentration of this vintage, offset by the elegance of the Cru, showcase the subtle charms of this magical terroir. 05/2014

The Weather

It was a mild winter apart from February, which had two very cold weeks. It was very wet from April to July generating significant blossom drop. Fine, sunny weather from mid-August until harvest.

The Harvest

From 20 to 28 September 2012

The Grapes

Blossom drop in June meant that much of the harvest was lost, but the remaining grapes were particularly fine: clusters were small with thick-skinned grapes bursting with aromas. Excellent maturity and grape soundness.


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