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The Romanée Saint-Vivant


The monastery of Saint Vivant occupies an important place in the history of viticulture and of wine. Also notable for being at the origin of the famous Clos Saint Denis situated in the village of Morey Saint Denis, in the Chapter House of Saint Denis, which stood only several hundred meters away from the monastery on the hill of Vergy.

On November 13th, 1131, the monastery of Saint Vivant received from Duke Hugues 11 of Burgundy possessions that he owned in the form of woods and fields in the villages of Flagey and Vosne. Could this be the confirmation of former donations of Manassès and Ermengeard ? Perhaps. This land seems to have been left at that time in a state of abandon. To the North, the expansion of the religious communities barely exceeded Gevrey-Chambertin. The abbey of Citeaux, founded in 1098, immediately implanted itself along the Côte de Nuits (the future Clos de Vougeot in particular). It is probable that Cluny wished to affirm its presence in the face of these conquerors.

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