The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 1996 from Domaine de l’Arlot is a lovely but quite contrastful wine. In the nose sweet red fruit – strawberries and raspberries – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and tar. On the palate a lovely sweet and delicate fruit – firmly structured by a powerful acidity and some slightly rustic hints of tannins. It’s quite refined with a lovely contrastful complexity – sweet l’Arlot meets 1996. Not the most concentrated RSV … but this is nevertheless a lovely glass of complex pinot.… Read the full article →
Romanee Saint Vivant
Romanee Saint-Vivant is somehow the rising star among the Grand cru’s of Vosne Romanee. For many years Richebourg was undisputed number four after the three big Grand Cru’s – Romanee-Conti, La Romanee and La Tache. But in the last two decades the wines from Romanee Saint-Vivant have shown big improvements, and the vineyard is now a worthy rival to Richebourg – and sometimes even surpassing it’s more masculine neighbour.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2011 is a refined effort from Remi Poisot. In the nose delicate nuances of red berry fruit and Vosne spices. On the palate layers of pure cool red berry fruit – with a nice transparancy and balance. It’s quite lightfooted but with a fine expression of terroir in the long and focused finish. A wine of finesse and refinement – rather than power and intensity … a very fine RSV in the making.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2012 is slightly reduced but showing fine nuances of red berry fruit and Vosne spices. On the palate layers of intense and refined pinot fruit, quite transparent with a lovely expression of the fine terroir. The fruit is pure and vibrant, offering very fine length and complexity. A beautiful RSV in the making – the best wine I have tasted from this domaine so far.
Domaine Poisot is a “new” domaine run by the former navy captain Remi Poisot, who is now making wine from a fine portfolio of family vineyards.
Remi began making wines before the harvest in 2009, and 2010 was his first full vintage – where he also did the work in the vineyards.
The Poisot family own vineyards in Romanee-Saint-Vivant, Corton-Bressandes, Corton Charlemagne and in Pernand-Vergelesses – these vineyards is a part of the heritage from the Louis Latour domaine – see further info about Domaine Poisot
I have recently worked on some articles about the great terroirs – starting with … Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2011 from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a refined and classic RSV. The nose is currently quite floral, and offer lovely crisp red berry fruit – elegant, energetic and very pure. The palate offer lovely purity and focus – very refined with it’s transparent medium weight flavors. The oak is well integrated offering body and depth to the wine. This is a wine of poise, nerve and energy – a impressive effort that really shows the special qualities of the 2011 vintage.… Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2009 from Domaine Poisot is a refined and lovely wine. The bouquet is currently slightly closed (perhaps due to recent transport) but gradually showing more and more red fruit – cherries, raspberries – with hints of oak, coffee, liquorice and plum. On the palate beautiful refined red fruit – pure, deep and quite cool for the vintage – with a very fine and transparent expression of terroir. The midpalate concentration is fine with a tight and very pure expression of pinot fruit.… Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant from Arnoux-Lachaux is made from a 0.375 ha plot in the southern part of the vineyard – just above the garden of Bernard Gros and just north of La Grande Rue. The 2008 edition of this lovely wine offers a quite expressive nose, with dark and red fruits – cherries, raspberries and blueberries – spiced with coffee, oak and a refined floral element. On the palate very lovely refined fruit … with a very fine depth and complexity. It’s intense and well balanced – quite forward after some time in the glass – offering a delicate midpalate and a long complex finish.… Read the full article →
It’s rare to see new producers or owners on the big grand crus in Vosne Romanee, but during my work on the articles about Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard I discovered a new and for me unknown producer on this fine vineyard – Domaine Poisot.
The story is however much more complex, as the history of the Poisot holdings on Romanee-Saint-Vivant dates back to 1902. For decades they have however only been bottling very small quantities of RSV under the Poisot label – and sold the main part of the production off to negociants – so while it’s an old ownership it’s really a new producer of Romanee-Saint-Vivant.… Read the full article →
In my first article about the Romanee-Saint-Vivant we uncovered the history of the vineyard ending up with a list of the curent owners of RSV – see the first article about Romanee-Saint-Vivant here.
This article is about the wines made from Romanee-Saint-Vivant. First a short aromatic profile of Romanee-Saint-Vivant – secondly a list of all the wines made from RSV – some by the 10 current vineyard owners – others are made by negociants. So far it’s not a complete list, but I will update the article when I get further information.… Read the full article →
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 2004 from Hudelot-Noellat has entered a matured stage, but is still some years from full maturity. In the bouquet red fruits with notes of raspberries, amarena cherries and a slight hint of prunes. There is still a slight notes of pine needles but this seems to blow of as the wine get some air. On the palate quite openly knit fruit, still quite dark in the expression. It’s beautifully balanced with a fine expression of the terroir. It’s medium bodied with a good length and focus.… Read the full article →
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti is a iconic producer – and have maintained this position for many decades. They produce a relatively small selection of exceptional wines from the very best terroirs in Burgundy.
Where most other top producers make a quite limited number of bottles of each wine, DRC produce quite substantial quantities of each wine, as the own quite large plots in all the top vineyards – including the two great monopoles Romanee-Conti and La Tache.
In May 2012 I had the opportunity to taste a part of the 2009 collection from DRC. The tasting included the first vintage of the new Corton, but sadly the Montrachet and Romanee-Conti were missing.
The tasting showed a fantastic collection of great 2009s, all the wines were focused and elegant with a lot of finesse. Make no mistake however – these are BIG wines, and while they are not showing the dense side of the 2009 vintage, they have a lot of power.… Read the full article →
The DRC Romanee St. Vivant 2009 is a brilliant wine. In the bouquet layers of delicate red fruits – forrest berries, raspberries – perfumed with allspice, violets and peony rose. The bouquet is very focused with multidimensional nuances of red fruits and minerality. On the palate immensely pure, refined and focused, with almost infinite layers of fresh velvet red pinot fruit. The elegantly fruity midpalate is balanced with a very delicate yet strong mineralic backbone from the terroir. Not as muscular as the Richebourg, but much more refined and delicate – a masterpiece.… Read the full article →
The Grand Jours de Bourgogne is a very big event. There were 57 produceres at the Vosne Romanee tasting with around 200 wines – mostly from the 2010 vintage. At the same time tastings were held for Morey+Chambolle in Gilly, Nuit-Saint-Georges at NSG, and Gevrey Chambertin in Marsannay. In total more than 500 wines in one day …. !!
My focus were on the Vosne Romanee tasting, at little on the Nuit-Saint-Georges and Chambolle+Morey tastings. My tastings covered 100 – 150 wines, starting out with the presumed top producers, moving on to other interesting produceres.… Read the full article →
The 2001 Romanee Saint Vivant from Confuron was a big and quite austere wine. The nose was rather closed at first but then started to show some red fruits, cherries and a slight hint of mocca. On the palate good concentration and length, a fine minerality and terroir expression. Aromas of red fruits but also slightly rustic notes like tarr. Will need some years before the full potential is unleashed. A very fine effort from Confuron.
(Drink from 2016) Very Fine – 93p
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2004. A super elegant and complex wine, great length and finesse. A classic expression of both vintage and terroir. This is a very fine wine – classical style Burgundy from the days before global warming. (2015 -) – 93p