Heritage from Vosne-Romanée
The monastory of Saint-Vivant in Curtil Vergy dating from 900 has been demolished in 1772, but there is actually some rebuildings. In the Rue du Temps Perdu, in Vosne-Romanée was their fermenting room. To reach it, they had to walk among the vineyard on a trail of 11 km. In memory ot this monks, the « trail of monks » has been created from Curtil-Vergy and Vosne-Romanée through great Crus, of which Romanée Saint Vivant and Romanée-Conti.
Discover the Climats of Burgundy Vineyard, inscripted as World Heritage of Unesco
Founded between 894 and 918 A.D., the Cluniac priory of Saint-Vivant de Vergy lies in the Hautes- Côtes behind Nuits-Saint-Georges, within the boun- daries of Curtil-Vergy. The establishment of a real vineyard from the 13th century onwards enabled the priory to get much of its income from work on the vines. One of the main parts of the Saint-Vivant estate was located in Vosne in 1232. This, though, was not yet a clos. A dozen transactions over the course of the 13th century enabled the prior to build up a vineyard covering some 20 hectares, divided into four large clos - Clos des Neuf Jour- naux, Clos du Moytan with an area of 5 acres, Clos de Quatre Journaux (together, these three formed what we now know as Climat de Romanée-Saint-Vi- vant) and Clos des Cinq Journaux, the future Ro- manée-Conti. Although the priory was not all that far from its vines, the monks’ wine press was not in their cellar in Saint-Vivant. The grapes grown in Vosne were pressed on site. Priory buildings are known to have existed here in 1311. They included a house with a set of outbuildings in the heart of the village near the church. Now private property, the building still contains the press used to press the grape harvest on site. An 11-kilometre walk allows visitors to follow the path taken by monks from Saint-Vivant when going from the priory to their vineyard ( “The Saint-Vivant Monks’ Path” - more information available from the tourist offce, 3 rue Sonoys in Nuits-Saint-Georges) © Armelle For a view down over the village, walk the frst few hundred metres of the monks’ path (Rue du Temps Perdu). It looks down over the clos and the famous Climats de Vosne including Romanée-Conti. It also shows the full extent of the land that makes up the Climats.