This cuvée was born from observations made during the vinifications over the last ten years.
Some of our parcels on Vosne Romanée locations did not seem interesting enough to be vinified, aged and bottled separately. We then looked for complementarities.
( Blending of parcels)
From this research was born this Vosne Romanée ‘Quatrain’ cuvée which brings together four main terroirs:
Réas, Jaquines in the South which bring the spine, the verticality
and Ormes, Chalendinsto the North which contribute the greedy fruitiness to the width.
From this complementarity, in the end it is a greedy and crisp cuvée on the fruit that does not betray its Vosnières origins.
The parcels Réas and Jaquines have a relatively draining clay soil.
History of parcels
* ” The Ormes ” : In Vosne Romanée (as well as the ” Clos des Ormes ” in Morey), is located at the edge of the Nationale 74. Some remarkable Ormes must have grown there.
This tree, which can reach 20 to 30 metres in height, has left its mark on toponymy. Nowadays, it is affected by disease and is in danger of extinction. It was often planted at the crossroads of roads and served as a boundary.
* ” Aux Réas ” : In Vosne Romanée, these two large plots of land extend the ” Clos des Réas “. The whole is located at the foot of the hillside. These parcels must, before being planted with vines, have been a large ploughed field.
“Réas” for “raies” (cultivated land, fields) is in the plural and used without an adjective, whereas in the other vineyard sites where the word “raie” appears, it is often accompanied by an adjective.
* “Les Jacquines” : This is the name of a piece of land, in Vosne Romanée, which probably belonged to M. Jacquinot de Richemont, a Dijon parliamentarian who we know was a large landowner in places said to be close to “La Tache”.
Emergence of terroirs and personalities
Separation of “Vosne Romanée”.
Up to 2016, we only produced one Vosne Romanée village resulting from the unification of the different lieux dits that we exploit in the appellation, 1/3 located in the North, 1/3 in the centre and 1/3 in the South of the village. I have long defended the idea of a geographical representation of our Vosne Romanée. However, monitoring the vinification and maturation of the different ‘zones’ over almost 10 years has revealed very different personalities. The parcels of land are so fragmented that it is difficult to vinify them individually (9 different ‘lieux dits’ and sometimes parcels straddling 2 ‘lieux-dits’). The idea of individualising certain cuvées was born. Initially, the idea was to make North/Central/South cuvées, but on closer examination this was not so judicious and the interest could be limited. In order to create 3 cuvées of Vosne Romanée I decided to proceed in 2 steps in 2017 and 2018. In 2017 the choice was made for an enlarged parcel “Précolombière” grouping together the parcels in the heart of the village Pré de la Folie, La Colombière and Aux Communes. The other parcels of Vosne Romanée are blended in a cuvée Vosne Romanée tout simplement. In 2018, “Précolombière”, “Aux Vigneux” and a “Quatrain” cuvée which groups together 4 terroirs (2 from the North and 2 from the South) were created. Importantly, these three cuvées are available in casks and you will be able to discover them during your visit in 2019. Until the 2016 vintage, in fact, our unique Vosne Romanée cuvée was the result of the blending of 5 batches at the time of the unification 1 to 2 months before bottling. Harmonising 5 batches that had been aged separately for 14 to 16 months was always complicated. As of the 2018 vintage, this problem no longer exists.