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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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St-Romain, exquisitely pretty village perched on top of a cliff in the Côte de Beaune district of Burgundy producing red wines from Pinot Noir and white wines from Chardonnay. There are no premiers crus in the appellation, which was granted only in 1947, and applies to just 98 ha/240 acres, of which two-thirds produce lively white wine.

The vineyards of St-Romain are situated behind those of Auxey-Duresses and at higher elevation, 300 to 400 m/985 to 1,310 ft above sea level, than is usual in the Côte d’Or. In lesser vintages, the grapes do not ripen as well as elsewhere but in warmer years the wines can be excellent value. St-Romain is also home to one of the region’s best-known coopers, François Frères. Alain Gras makes particularly fine wines here.