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 two missing sections
The first new information is about the two “missing sections” of Romanee Saint-Vivant – Vigne a Estienne Bognet and Vigne a Jehan Roy du Rouvres – see map below.
Source: Map from Musee de la Sommellerie.
The first cadastre maps documents that the two sections were included in Romanee Saint-Vivant before 1827. The cadaste map from 1827 below also show that Romanee Saint-Vivant covered approximately the same area as today – with a minor exception – see further details in the paragraphs below.
The “Vigne a Jehan Roy du Rouvres” section
The cadastre map show that this section was a separate plot in 1827 – see map below, and this support the conclusion that this area was never included in the Marey-Monge holdings in Romanee Saint-Vivant.
The “Vigne a Estienne Bognet” section
This section in the northwest part of Romanee Saint-Vivant was according to Bazin8 included in the Cloux du Moytan plot by plot by the Marey-Monge family. From 1791 to 1807 fourteen small plots were acquired, and the last plot of 2,5 ouvres was acquired in 1821.
The cadastre maps from 1827 show that there was still a single plot (no 1139) outside the main Marey-Monge holdings. The plot is located in the northwest part of Romanee Saint-Vivant – see map below.
This could indicate that Marey-Monge acquired the plot just before the cadastre maps were made 1827, or that they in fact acquired this plot later than 1821.
The border towards La Croix Rameau
There have been a lot of discussions about the border between La Croix Rameau and Romanee Saint-Vivant. Lavalle doesn’t mention La Croix Rameau in his book from 1855 – but the cadastre maps from 1827 are very clear and they deliver documentation for the existence of La Croix Rameau in 1827 – see map below.
This means that Lavalle forgot to mention La Croix Rameau in his book, and furthermore the maps show that the border between La Croix Rameau and Romanee Saint-Vivant have remained almost unchanged since 1827.
The map does however show a small but interesting detail – the plot no 1152 located in the upper part of La Croix Rameau (under and to the right from the “x” in Croix) – this plot seem to have been included in Romanee Saint-Vivant after 1827.
The plot must either have been acquired by Marey-Monge and included in Romanee Saint-Vivant – or perhaps Marey-Monge owned a part of La Croix Rameau, and included a plot from these holdings in Romanee Saint-Vivant after 1827.
Historic speculations about RSV and La Croix Rameau
There are a lot of speculations about the historic border between Romanee Saint-Vivant and La Croix Rameau. So far I have no further solid documentation about the formation of La Croix Rameau or any changes in the border between the two vineyards.
But there are some historic indications about the formation of the La Croix Rameau vineyards … this is work in progress – and not fully documented!
In 1791 Nicolas Joseph Marey acquired the three main sections of Romanee Saint-Vivant (biens nationaux) – the deal included Le Cloux des Neuf Journaux and Le Cloux des Quatre journaux, and Le Cloux de Moytant – in total 18 journaux equivalent to 6.17 ha.
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