After Romanée St Vivant, Richebourg is the largest of the Vosne-Romanée grand crus at just over eight hectares. It probably comes in just after La Tâche in terms of greatness, though is at least relatively affordable after La Tâche, La Romanée and La Romanée-Conti.
Domaine de La Romanée-Conti own almost half of the vineyard; their holding is split into five parcels, the largest of which is at the southern end of the vineyard, contiguous to La Romanée and La Romanée-Conti. Along with Domaine Leroy, this is the Daddy of all Richebourgs. And “Daddy” is apt: Richebourg is all about opulence, richesse and weight.
The Gros family hold the next largest share: between Domaines Gros Frère & Soeur, Anne Gros & AF Gros they hold just under two hectares, located at the northern end of the vineyard that borders Vosne Les Brulées. Thibault Liger-Belair has just over half a hectare, Domaines Méo-Camuzet, Jean Grivot, Mongeard Mugneret and Hudelot-Noellat all have around or just under a third of a hectare, and Bichot have just 0.07 of a hectare in the north-east corner of the vineyard between Cros Parentoux and Les Brulées.
In terms of style, Richebourg is probably Pinot Noir at its most muscular and opulent. La Romanée and La Romanée-Conti are probably finer; La Tâche more intense. Le Musigny is softer, Chambertin more strict.
As with all grand cru Burgundy, there isn’t much of it. The biggest producer – DRC – makes around 1,000 cases per year. Bichot’s Domaine du Clos Frantin, with just 0.07 of a hectare, make less than 100. This is rare wine.
Our current availability from this brilliant vineyard can be seen HERE. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss the wines, the vineyards, the domaines – or anything else Richebourg related – further.