is a village appellation in the Côte de Nuits (Côte-d'Or); it encompasses 15 climats (vineyard sites) classified premier cru. The appellation may be followed on a wine label by the name of the climat where the wine was grown.
Vosne-Romanée flanks grand crus, sitting above them at the tops of the hillside, below them at the foot, or sometimes at the same altitude. The east-facing vineyards of Vosne-Romanée mix limestone and clayey marl in soils that range in depth from a few dozen centimeters (roughly one foot) to one meter (a little over one yard).
The wines of Vosne-Romanée can be quite intense in color and range from ruby to black tulip. A fire-red robe, sometimes almost garnet, sometimes tending towards dark purple. They commonly display bouquets of very ripe fruit over a spicy backdrop, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, and blackcurrant. This complex array of soft, refined aromas evolves with age towards cherries in brandy, fruit confit, leather, and fur. The distinguished, velvety palate reveals the fullness of the most aristocratic Pinot Noirs. Highly age-worthy, they balance richness and tannin, texture and structure, under an energetic attack. Their foundation can seem austere at first; it needs time in the bottle to fill out and develop structure. These Rubenesque wines are full-bodied and voluptuous.