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Pleasure Wine: Richebourg Wines


Discover the Richebourg appellation


As was the case for most of the vineyards in the Burgundy region, the Richebourg vineyard (located on the Côte de Nuits, in the terroir of the famous Vosne-Romanée commune) was planted by the Roman Empire, somewhere around the 5th century BC. In the early 6th century AD, the monks of Cîteaux and Saint-Vivant helped develop the local vineyard. To them, everything related to wine had always been regarded as profoundly holy. Over the years, the vineyard of the region and the reputation of its wines have grown. The name "Richebourg" appeared in 1512, to designate the future appellation of origin. It was probably hinting at the prosperity of the nearby village, thanks to the wine business. In 1816, the Richebourg wine was declared to be one of the finest in Burgundy, by André Jullien (author of the book "The Topography of All the Known Vineyards").

Sandwiched between the Échezeaux and the Nuits-Saint-Georges, the Richebourg climate (the other term used for a wine parcel in Burgundy) is one of the biggest names in Vosne-Romanée. The vineyard grows on a soil made of marls and limestone, with a hefty dose of iron. Only one grape variety can be found here: the Pinot Noir. Richebourg is a Grand Cru AOC, meaning that it has to follow very strict official guidelines to use that name. In total, the vineyard represents 7,7 hectares of land, for an average output of 246 hectoliters of wine each year. This roughly corresponds to a mere 40,000 bottles of wine produced annually. A dozen of winemakers are present in the two localities of the Richebourg vineyard, Les Richebourgs and Les Véroilles (the latter is a 3 hectares parcel, added in 1936, when the Richebourg AOC was created).

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