Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

Region: France - Burgundy


Not long after purchasing vineyards in the late 1960s and releasing his first wines in the early 1970s Jacques Seysses became an international icon. Jacques respect for the terroir of the Côte d’Or is still on display in his viticultural practices and innovative winemaking methods. Dujac wines are more than just varietally correct – they are intimate travelogues of some of the most celebrated sites on earth. Sons Jeremy and Alec along with Jeremy’s wife, Diana, have been handed the reigns of this famous estate.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Noir Clay & limestone

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Total Vineyards: 9.43 hectare (23.32 acre)
  • Winery Holdings: 0.17 ha (.42 acre)
  • In the Vosne-Romanée appellation, Romanée Saint-Vivant is surrounded by Romanée Conti to the west, Les Richebourg to the north west, Les Souchots to the north, Les Grand Rue to the south and to the east is the town of Vosne-Romanée.
  • Only Pinot Noir is planted.
  • From 894-918, Manassè “the Ancient”, count of Chalon, Langres and Beaune, lord of Vergy castle, founded Saint-Vivant abbey on the heights of Curtil-Vergy, a dozen kilometers from Vosne-Romanée. Saint-Vivant’s and other saint’s relics were placed in the abbey. In 1131, the Duke of Burgundy, Hugh 2nd, gave the monks his uncultivated land of Flagey and Vosne. By 1241, vines were planted in Vosne. In 1512, the Saint–Vivant Priory declared its possessions, including Les Cloux vines “Les Cloux de Saint-Viven”. The first mention of Romanée was in 1651, an inscription on the Saint-Vivant registers for their two plots of vines at the limit of Vosne. Romanée is from Latin Romain which alludes to antique Roman remnant. These two plots of vines were bought from André de Crooembourg by Louis-Francois Bourbon, Prince de Conti in 1760. In 1765 the vineyard was named La Romanée de Saint-Vivant.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown on soils of clay & limestone.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks, using naturally occurring yeast.
  • Aged in French barrique, 60-85% new.
  • Aged for 18 months.
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

General Info

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Morey-St-Denis, + others in Côte de Nuits
Proprietors Jacques and Rozalind Seysses
Founded 1967
Winemaker Jeremy Seysses
Annual Production 2,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic