Grape Variety :
Site: a well-know prehistoric site. Located at the foot of a large amphitheater of limestone cliffs, Saint-Romain lies apart from the other villages of Côte de Beaune.
History & tradition: with an elevation of 400 meters (1,200 ft), this is one of the highest vineyards of the Côte.
Soil: clay and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 49hl/ha, low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
The wine goes directly into barrels after "débourbage" (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (25% in new oak).
Length: 6 to 8 months.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A very typical wine, representative of its terroir. A nice white golden hue, sometimes with a greenish touch. Very fine aromas of white flowers (honeysuckle) and ripe fruit (yellow plums), evolving towards honey and gingerbread. On the palate, straightforward and lively at first, then a certain roundness. A mineral "pebbly" ("caillou") quality is the hallmark of Saint-Romain".
The wines are very aromatic with a lot of style and balance. They already show some mellowness which makes them quite attractive even in their youth. 2009 is showing its breed and will rightfully take its place among those vintages ending in "9” in the last century, as well as 2005, 1978, 1961...
Temperature: 13°C (55°C).
Cellaring: 2 to 5 years.