Discover the Romanée-Saint-Vivant appellation
Located in the renowned vineyard of Vosne-Romanée (on the Côte de Nuits, in Burgundy), the Romanée-Saint-Vivant climate is one of the highest-ranking grands crus you will ever find in the region. There is eight of them in total: Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Grands-Échezeaux, Richebourg, Échezeaux, Romanée and Grande-Rue. The red wines produced here are made with Pinot Noir only (following an official decree of 1395, from then Duke of Burgundy Philip the Bold), growing in brown clay and limestone soils.
Winegrowing started with the first Roman settlers, who came to Burgundy somewhere around the 5th century BC. Although they planted the actual vineyard, it was the Catholic monks who really made it popular in the region during the Middle Ages. Actually, the Abbey of Saint-Vivant of Vergy even gave its name to the vineyard. The current Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which is one of the producers of the Romanée-Saint-Vivant appellation, is the current owner of the abbey’s ruins, since 1996. It is currently being restored.
The Romanée-Saint-Vivant vineyard has gone through the centuries and has experienced many crises along the way (the Grape Tortrix Moth invasion of 1830, the Phylloxera crisis of the late 19th century…) Now, the Romanée-Saint-Vivant appellation and its vineyard have been put on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. Today, the 9,3 hectares of Romanée-Saint-Vivant have an output of 300 hectoliters of wine per year (41,500 bottles).
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