Romanée-Saint-Vivant

2016

This 1/3 hectare vineyard is located at the very south of the appellation, at a fifty meters distance from Romanée-Conti. The block is ploughed by horse to preserve these old vines, which average 90 years of age. The soil is primariy dark clay. Vinified with 100% whole cluster. Aged in 30% new oak. Structured, spicey, and dense with herbal notes and a deft freshness. Whole clusters give very fine tannins.

96 points
"...youthfully reticent, but the wine unwinds in the glass to reveal a stunning bouquet of violet, rose petal, dark berries, baking chocolate, candied peel and smoked duck. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a deep, multidimensional but tight-knit core that largely conceals its rich tannic chassis, bright balancing acids and a long, fragrant finish. This is a beautiful wine, built for the long haul, and it numbers among the best bottles that the young Charles Lachaux has produced to date."
William Kelley,
Wine Advocate
, January 2019
(93-95) points
"Healthy dark red. At once darker and higher-pitched on the nose than the Reignots, offering scents of black raspberry, wild herbs and violet. Very pure and clean on the palate, showing excellent definition and cut but also a distinctly smooth texture to its dense dark berry flavors. Nothing rustic about this beauty! The very slowly mounting finish caresses the palate and spreads out horizontally without leaving any impression of weight. This wine boasts a small-yield density and thickness without any loss of delineation; it should evolve beautifully in the cellar."
Stephen Tanzer,
Vinous
, November 2017
(93-96) points
"This is also quite reserved yet aggressive swirling helps to liberate the very spicy nose that also reflects notes of cassis and raspberry liqueur. The rich, supple and seductively textured flavors possess excellent volume and once again plenty of drive on the mouth coating, balanced and solidly structured finish. This terrific effort is an RSV that balances power and punch with refinement."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, January 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB0428-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Sustainable