Vosne-Romanée

Style - velvety, ripe, refined, seductive

Vosne Romanée produces the most expensive and finest wines in the Côte de Nuits. It manages to combine flavour intensity with charm and elegance, in a way that no other village seems able to reproduce. It is a relatively compact appellation with just 230 hectares under vine, less than half the area of Gevrey Chambertin. There are 99 hectares of village Vosne, at the top of the slope or the foot, either side of the grand cru, which can produce some wonderfully complex examples for the level. Without doubt, it has the best concentration of top vineyards – 56 hectares of premier cru vineyards (14 in total) and an impressive 75 hectares of grand cru. La Romanée, Richebourg, Romanée-Conti, Romanée-St-Vivant, La Tâche, La Grande Rue and Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux from the neighbouring commune of Flagey-Echézeaux whose vineyards are included within the appellation.

The grand cru vineyards form the core of the appellation starting with La Tâche in the south and Echézeaux in the North, with just one premier cru vineyard, les Suchots, breaking up this line. Of the eight, four are monopolies. La Grande Rue, of Domaine Lamarche, which was upgraded to grand cru status in 1992; La Romanée belonging to Domaine Comte Liger-Belair and La Tâche and La Romanée Conti of Domaine de la Romanée Conti. Many premier cru vineyards are considered grand cru quality and are priced accordingly. Some of the best include Malconsorts, just south of La Tache, the notorious Cros Parantoux which borders Richebourg as well as Les Beaumonts and Les Suchots. There are an incredible number of great domaines based here producing a very high standard of wine and protecting the fame of this celebrated village.

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