Great discussion on new threats of phylloxera last week from Richard Nielsen, Nicholas Daddona, Jonathan Ross, Michael Markarian, Rachael Ryan and Jeremy Eubanks. Jon's stories of the Yarra bring back memories from when I was working harvest at Mac Forbes in 2016. We had to spray/disinfect everything every time a fruit truck came through - so laborious!
This week: Owners of Richebourg
Name 5. Who is the largest?
Usually considered the "grandest" of the Grand Crus of Vosne-Romanée, Richebourg has eleven owners. From largest to smallest: DRC (3.51ha, with 2.57ha of that in the lieu dit of Les Richebourgs), Leroy, Gros Fréres & Soeur, AF Gros, Anne Gros, Thibault Liger-Belair, Hudelot Noëllat, Grivot, Mongeard-Mugneret, Méo-Camuzet and Clos Frantin (owned by Albert Bichot).
The largest owner of the lieu dit Verroilles is also DRC, with .94ha. The two lieu dits are not dramatically different except for a slight northern turn at the top of Verroilles (full name Les Verroilles au Richebourgs) which lends it to a later harvest than Les Richebourgs.
Having had the privilege of tasting several examples of this vineyard, it stays wound tight and elegantly powerful even in "marginal" years.
Looks like all of the producers were named. I think its good to note that Méo-Camuzet was the owner of the Henri Jayer plot he produced up until the late 80's I think. It's in the northern part in the Lieu Dit Verroilles and borders another one of Jayer's famous wines, Clos Parantoux.
I agree, Peter knocked it out of the park for sure. One fun fact about a particular producer, Henri Jayer, who actually was born in Vosne-Romanee who sadly passed away in 2006 and was definitely an incredible winemaker. Henri Jayer's wines are highly sought after by wine collectors all over. A survey of 55,000 wine merchants by the Wine-Searcher site found that the most expensive wine in the world was Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru with an average price of $15,195 per bottle across available vintages. His nephew Emmanuel Rougeot has taken the role as winemaker now.
Emmanuel Rouget inherited the entire estate when Jayer passed. Domaine Emmanuel Rouget.
I personally would consider Romanée-Conti, La Tâche or La Romanée the "grandest" of the Grand Crus of Vosne-Romanée...
And not having had multiple vintages of all of those for comparison yet, I couldn't say. Just paraphrasing Jasper Morris, who has more experience with them than I do. But yes, I hear enough whispers about Romanée-Conti and La Tâche that I would be inclined to agree.
I know I'm two weeks late, but I was just reading this and want to point out the correct name is Cros Parantoux.