Romanee-Saint-Vivant – the wines, domaines and negociants

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.

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Romanee-Saint-Vivant – aromatic profile

First of all, Romanee-Saint-Vivant is a fairly lage vineyard with 10 different owners. There are quite big shifts in the soil, and it’s therefore difficult to make one general aromatic profile for all the wines made on Romanee-Saint-Vivant – but I will nevertheless give it a try.

Romanee-Saint-Vivant can in my view produce some very refined and delicate Grand Cru Burgundies. They are more delicate and precise than most wines from Richebourg. They don’t have the power of a big Richeborg but the minerality is more finely grained with the support of a deeper soil. The words subtle, delicate and refined springs to mind – as does big and bold for a Richebourg.

When I was tasting the beautiful 2009 lineup from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, I was very impressed by the Romanee-Saint-Vivant, and prefered it’s refinement to the equally good Richebourg. Then came La Tache 09, and it had the power and minerality of the Richebourg, but added the depthly focus also found in the Romanee-Saint-Vivant. La Tache is a better and more complete wine, but was in some sense lacking the seductive delicacy of the Romanee-Saint-Vivant.

Wines produced on Romanee-Saint-Vivant

There are now 10 owners producing wines from Romanee-Saint-Vivant – but changes in ownership, and selling wine and grapes of to negociants does give a pretty blurry picture of the wines produced on RSV – especially if we go some years or decades back.

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I have however tried to list all the producers and negociants who have bottled Romanee-Saint-Vivant during recent decades. In some cases I have also tried to guess from what section or plot the wine originates.

The list is not complete, so please mail me if you have additional informations.

Current Domaine wines from Romanee-Saint-Vivant:

Domaine de la Romanee Conti

  • Plot: Marey-Monge section
  • First vintage: 1966

Domaine Leroy

  • Plot: Northern part of the Charles Noellat section
  • First vintage: 1988

Louis-Latour

  • Plot: Clos des Quatre Journaux – Louis Latour plot
  • First vintage: Most likely 1899 – bought the vineyard in december 1898

Domaine Hudelot-Noellat

  • Plot: Southern part of the Charles Noellat section
  • First vintage: 1976

Domaine J.J. Confuron

  • Plot: Middle part of the Charles Noellat section
  • First vintage: 1988

Domaine l’Arlot

  • Plot: Old Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux
  • First vintage: 1991

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux/Robert Arnoux

  • Plot: Old Thomas-Moillard plot in the Southeast section
  • First vintage: 1928 (owner since 1984)

Domaine Dujac

  • Plot: Old Thomas-Moillard plot in the Southeast section
  • First vintage: 2005

Domaine Sylvain Cathiard

  • Plot: Old Thomas-Moillard plot in the Southeast section
  • First vintage: Have seen 1966 Cathiard-Molinier, first as Sylvain Cathiard is 1987

Domaine Poisot

  • Plot: Original Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux just below Romanee-Conti
  • First vintage: 2009 under current management

Known negociant bottlings from Romanee-Saint-Vivant:

Follin-Arbelet

  • Plot: Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux
  • Known vintages: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Maison Lucien Le Moine

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

Maison Nicolas Potel

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1964, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007

Dominique Mugneret

  • Plot: Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux
  • Known vintages: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Michel Voarick

  • Plot: Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux
  • Known vintages: 1982, 1988, 1990

Maison Jean Claude Boisset

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 2005, 2007

Maison Champy Pere et fils

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1990, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Maison Joseph Drouhin

  • Plot: Poisot plot in Clos des Quatre Journaux
  • Known vintages: 1949, 1952, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Maison Camille Giroud

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 2001

Domaine Francois Parent

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1999, 2000, 2001

Maison Louis Jadot

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1878, 1952, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999

Maison Dominique Laurent

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1996, 2002, 2009

Domaine Marc Rougeot Dupin

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2010

Maison Vincent Girardin

  • Plot: DRC – not confirmed
  • Known vintages: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Frederic Magnien

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 2002

Maurice Chapuis

  • Plot: ?
  • Known vintages: 2007

Who is selling Romanee-Saint-Vivant to negociants

The list above suggest that others than the Poisot family is selling grapes to the negociants. In some years quite a lot of different negociants are making Romanee-Saint-Vivant.

Normally the domaines don’t publish details about selling grapes of to negociants. But looking at the vineyard map, one source seems quite obvious – Domaine de la Romanee-Conti.

According to Allen Meadows only 66% to 75% of DRC’s Romanee-Saint-Vivant reach the final cuvee from DRC. He concludes the rest must be sold off to negociants. If this is true, then 4000 – 6000 negociant bottles of Romanee-Saint-Vivant originates from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in the vintage 2009. If some of the grapes from RSV are used in the Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Duvault-Blochet, then this number could be significantly lower.

Still it’s fair to assume that quite a lot of the negociant Romanee-Saint-Vivant is from the DRC vineyards. Please note that according to Allen Meadows, one plot of DRC’s Romanee-Saint-Vivant is never used in the final cuvee – due to the quality/nature of the terroir.

Former producers on Romanee Saint Vivant

Domaine Marey-Monge

  • Plot: Marey-Monge section
  • Last vintage: 1965

Domaine Charles Noellat

  • Plot: Charles Noellat section
  • Last vintage: 1987

Domaine Thomas-Moillard

  • Plot: Thomas-Moillard section
  • Last vintage: 2004 or 2005

Romanee-Saint-Vivant – the rising star

Romanee-Saint-Vivant was not performing as well as Richebourg for decades, but since Leroy took over from Domaine Charles Noellat this has changed. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has since 1999 really improved the RSV and since 2001 it has been a worthy rival to the otherwise extraordinary Richebourg from DRC.

For me the Romanee-Saint-Vivant really offer refinement and delicacy, and that is indeed what Burgundy is all about for me. Yes Romanee-Conti, La Tache and La Romanee is better – but the best wines from Romanee-Saint-Vivant now rival the wines from the other big Grand Cru’s like Musigny, Richebourg and Chambertin.

Tasting Notes for this vineyard

References & Sources:

  1. Jules Lavalle, Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or (1855)
  2. M.R. Danguy et M. Ch. Aubertin, Les Grands Vins de Bourgogne (1892)
  3. Camille Rodier, Le Vin de Bourgogne (1920)
  4. Clive Coates, Cote D’Or (1997)
  5. Clive Coates, The Wines of Burgundy (2008)
  6. Allen D. Meadows, The Pearl of the Côte (2010)
  7. Gert Crum, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (2012)

Special thanks to Remi Poisot, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, Jean-Luc Pepin and Jeremy Seysses for helpful informations and comments.