Romanée Saint Vivant Grand Cru 2014 - 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 purple colour. Highly subtle aromas revealing all the complexity of Pinot Noir. This is a flamboyant wine that boasts a full bouquet of small red and black fruit, violet, spices and undergrowth. Net body and plenty of power on the palate, yet delicate and sensual at the same time.

The Weather

The warm, dry spring came early this year, bringing budburst forward, followed by flowering in June. The cool, damp summer was then made up for by ideal conditions in September to ripen off the grapes nicely.

The Harvest

We brought in this year's harvest in two phases in order to make the most of the excellent ripening conditions. The grapes for the white wines were picked on 11 and 12 September. After a two-day break, we harvested the reds from 15 to 20 September.

The Grapes

September boosted the concentration of the grapes in sugar, aromas and tannins, making for a vintage with lots of fruit flavours. The harvest was reasonably good, although slightly smaller than average with a yield just below the 30hl/ha mark.


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