100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Romanée Saint-Vivant Grand Cru
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES: 35 years
NUMBER OF BOTTLES PRODUCED: 2200
THE LAND: La Romanée Saint-Vivant belongs to the elite of the Grands Crus of the Côte de Nuits. The plot is planted on brown limestone heavy clay and quite deep soil. Facing the rising sun, it is located at the foot of the mythical Romanée Conti.
About thirty-five years old, it produces flamboyant red wines that express all the subtleness and complexity of the Pinot noir.
WINE GROWING: Ploughing between the rows and passage of a blade between the vine plants under the row to control competing vegetation. Leaf-thinning by hand on the side facing the rising sun. Single Guyot pruning.
WINE MAKING AND AGEING: Harvested by hand and sorted by the vines, the grapes are 100% de-stemmed before being placed in an open oak cask.
Maceration and wine-making last between 15 and 18 days. Cap-punching and recoopering are carried out daily during the alcoholic fermentation.
It is aged in oak barrels, 30 to 50% of which are new, for 16 to 18 months. The malolactic fermentation is carried out to 100%.
GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: The glint of the dark ruby colour, turning to carmine with age. The depth of the bouquet is shared between small black and summer fruits, violets, spices and undergrowth as time goes by.
To the palate, silky tannins, a clear and powerful body, both delicate and sensual, full and frank with very great length in the mouth.
HARMONIOUS FOOD/WINE COMBINATIONS: Strong meats and game will show it off to best effect: game birds or animals. Wild poultry such as lacquered duck, as well as wonderful pieces of roast veal will be delicately surrounded by those tight, yet so elegant tannins of this truly great Pinot noir.
Serving temperature: 15 to 16 °C.
Consumption: 10 to 30 years, depending on storage conditions (humidity, temperature).