The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2007 from Domaine Poisot is not really showing the full potential at the moment. In the nose quite perfumed and dense red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries, elderberries … spiced with a quite discrete minerality and some hints of toasted oak. On the palate quite rich and dense for the vintage … a bit unfocused currently. The finish is long and quite powerful but also a bit unresolved and edgy. It’s a big wine for the vintage, but it really need time to resolve … and lacking a bit of transparancy compared directly with the 2008. Nevertheless a fine wine in the making,
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Domaine Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is quite long and focused with the weight of the lovely terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … a delightful effort.
The 2006 Romanee Saint-Vivant from Domaine Poisot is a quite dark and serious wine. The bouquet offer a intense display of dark berry fruit, liqourice and a earthy Vosne minerality with hints of violets and all spice. The fruit is appear slightly stewed in the beginning – but after some time in the glass it unfolds purity and more transparency. On the palate it’s quite dark and muscular compared to the 2007 and 2008 editions of this wine, with rich and tightly knit dark fruit and a powerful framework of tannins and minerality. It’s a quite intense and weighty wine – really need time to unfold some more complexity.
The Romanee Saint-Vivant 2008 from Remi Poisot is a pure and delightfully transparent effort. In the nose crisp red berry fruit with notes of cherries, raspberries … spiced with violets and rose petals. On the palate cool and fresh fruit – acidity driven with a lovely crystaline purity. Not a big and dense wine but the finish is nevertheless long and focused with the weight from the lovely grand cru terroir located just below Romanee-Conti. Love the refinement and transparancy … perhaps a bit on the light side.
I’m working on several articles about the vineyards in Vosne Romanee, and discovered some new historic details about the Romanee Saint-Vivant vineyard.
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.
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.
The Romanee-Saint-Vivant 1979 from Cathiard is just past it’s peak, but nevertheless still showing very well. Initially the nose is slightly dated, but after a few minutes in the glass the complexity and freshness really shines through. The bouquet offer delicate fruit notes, sous-bois, truffle and a orange hint. On the palate very fine balance between the quite crisp acidity and cool fruit – it’s harmonious with a delicate yet intense minerality in the finish. Not a big dense wine – but a wine of balance and complexity. Sitting beautifully in the mouth – and the fruit is still vibrant and present on the midpalate – but ever so slightly in decline. A very beautiful old Romanee-Saint-Vivant – what a treat.
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 Romanee-Saint-Vivant. In this proces I sort of got caught up in the history of the Romanee-Saint-Vivant vineyard, thus also the history of DRC and the L’abbeye Saint-Vivant de Vergy – and wanted to explore this further.
I was therefore very exited when I got the opportunity to visit DRC on my March trip to Burgundy – the date 20th of March 2013 will be remembered.
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. Outstanding for the vintage.
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. The style is quite classical and pure with a very fine expression of the terroir. A refined and very impressive first effort from Remy Poisot. Looking forward to taste the next vintages from this new exiting producer.
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. The 2008 vintage and this refined vineyard really suits the somewhat dense style of the domaine. Seductive and refined – big but still quite lightfooted – Impressive!
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.
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.
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. Will improve over the next 3 to 7 years, and the very slight green 04 note will most likely disappear over time. A fine wine indeed.
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.