Richebourg appellation

by Lou Heriche

Small in area but huge in elegance

The Richebourg appellation is one of the very first top names in red Burgundy.

Where is the Richebourg appellation located?

The Richebourg appellation is located in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits region, more precisely in the well-known village of Vosne-Romanée. Of the village’s six grands crus, Richebourg is the most northerly, covering just 8 ha.

Vue à mi-pente du coteau de la Côte d'Or vers le village de Vosne-Romanée

©️Marcella Brunetti /

Is Richebourg a Burgundy Grand Cru?

The Richebourg appellation is a Burgundy Grand Cru. Situated just upstream from Romanée Saint Vivant, the Richebourg appellation sits alongside the highly prized Romanée Conti. They share the same terroir. And don’t forget the Cros Parantoux premier cru vineyard, so renowned for the quality of its wines, which lies just above Richebourg. This appellation is one of Burgundy’s finest.

Map of Vosne-Romanée
©️ Vins de Bourgogne

Who are Richebourg’s biggest producers?

Today, Richebourg’s biggest producers are Domaine de la Romanée Conti, which owns almost half the land, Domaine Leroy, Domaines Anne Gros, Domaine Gros Frères & Sœurs, and the renowned Liger-Belair estate.

In his day, Henri Jayer also produced an incredibly rich Richebourg. His rare and highly prized bottles are recognized as some of the finest in the world.

What are the characteristics of the Richebourgs?

With their powerful structure, Richebourgs are characterized by deep-colored wines, with intense aromas of red and black fruits, spices and earthy notes. On the palate, they are rich and full-bodied, with silky tannins and very often a long, persistent finish.

Richebourgs go well with strong meats and furred or feathered game, in sauces or simply grilled. Lacquered duck and roast veal also go very well, and bring out the tight, elegant tannins of Pinot Noirs.

Richebourg wines are renowned for their exceptional longevity.

SoDivin team selection

Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1986

Rated 94/100 by Robert PARKER – The Wine Advocate

One of the few superstars of this vintage

Tasting January 1990

Domaine Anne Gros 2002

Rated 94/100 by Allen Meadow – Burghound

The wonderfully expressive nose of pinot noir and spice aromas provides more of a backdrop for the wood. The flavor profile is intense, seductive and spicy, with a wonderfully textured, velvety character and big, rich, powerful flavors of uncommon depth and astonishing length.

Tasting January 2005

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