Richebourg

Richebourg is one of the six grand cru single vineyard appellations in the hallowed village of Vosne-Romanée, in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits. It is one of the larger sites in the village, and is famous for its full-bodied, muscular style of Pinot Noir.

Richebourg wines are in fact some of the most opulent from Vosne-Romanée, exhibiting earthy characters along with dense fruit, and they are capable of being cellared for many years.

The climat is Vosne-Romanée’s northernmost grand cru, situated on the midslope of the Côte d’Or. It sits immediately adjacent to the La Romanée and Romanée-Conti sites, and the Romanée-Saint-Vivant climat is on the slopes below. The famous Cros Parantoux Premier Cru vineyard, often considered to be worthy of grand cru status, is on the slopes above Richebourg.

The name Richebourg literally means “rich town”, but how the vineyard acquired the name is not clear. The 8-hectare (20-acre) site is the second-largest grand cru in Vosne-Romanée, just slightly smaller than Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

It is of average size when compared with all Burgundy Grand Crus, but those in Vosne-Romanée are known for the fine-grained definition of their boundaries and terroir. Richebourg lies on the same part of the slope as Romanée-Conti, and the two share a similar terroir.

That said, there are two separate lieux-dits within the grand cru. Les Richebourgs is the original 5-hectare parcel, while Les Véroilles was added in 1924, with the combination gaining AOC Grand Cru status in 1936.

The soils here are made up of pebbly clay and sand overlying a hard limestone base. The friable soil, along with the gradient, means that the vineyard is well-drained, limiting the threat of disease and of leafy vigor. Soils are slightly deeper in the Les Richebourgs section.