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St-Romain


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Saint-Romain is a wine appellation named for the eponymous commune. The commune is about 4.6 square miles, which yield about 238 acres of vineyards, none of which are designated as Premiers Crus. As a result, all wine is produced at the village or lieu-dit level.

Due to the lack of Premiers Crus, many producers simply label their wine as Côte de Beaune-Villages or some other generic designation. Yet two types of St-Romain can provide good value: the austere, dry whites, and the firm but not complex reds. Both need a few years to round out. Although production is split about evenly between red and white, the whites have much more market share.

History

When St-Romain was given AOC status in 1970, that led a few producers to begin labeling their wine under the village name. Up until then, and still sometimes now, these wines were labeled as Côtes de Beaune-Villages.

Climate and Viticulture

The village is located somewhat to the west of Monthelie, which similarly occupies a lower bracket of the Burgundy wine market. Climatic conditions are similar, with less concentrated limestone than the prime time villages but still excellent weather and soil conditions.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

We discuss four white wine producers and one red.

Subregions

St-Romain has no Grands Crus nor Premiers Crus. The wines of the area are discussed in the producers section instead.