Romanée-Saint-Vivant

2017

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.

95-97 points
"The 2017 Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru is 100% whole bunches, matured in 25% new oak. The disarmingly pure bouquet features an extraordinary pure floral perfume, violet and iris intermingling, and mainly red fruit but with veins of blue. The palate is silky-smooth with fine-grained tannin, hints of dark chocolate infusing the dark berry fruit, and perhaps even a hint of salted licorice toward a finish that fans out with self-assurance. This is going to be utterly sublime."
Neal Martin,
Vinous
, October 2018
92-95 points
"This is aromatically inexpressive to the point of being mute though aggressive swirling eventually liberates spicy and floral-inflected red and dark pinot fruit that also exhibits notes of Asian-style tea. The ultra-refined if equally restrained middle weight flavors possess a lovely sense of energy before terminating in a gorgeously long and well-balanced finale. This is a RSV of lace and grace but with punch."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, January 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB0428-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Sustainable