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Vosne-Romanée "Les Gaudichots"

Premier Cru

For viticultural purposes, the adjacent communes of Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echézeaux are considered to be one.  Taken separately, Vosne-Romanée covers 388 acres and Flagey-Echézeaux 177 acres, but all the village level and premier cru vineyards of the latter fall under the Vosne-Romanée and Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru appellations; only the grands crus of Flagey-Echézeaux bear the commune name.    The fourteen premier cru vineyards cover just over 141 acres: eleven of these are in Vosne, two are in Flagey, and one is split between the two, with total acreage of 113 and 28 acres, respectively, in each commune. The principal premiers crus in Vosne-Romanée lie in Vosne, and the finest of these, approaching grand cru level in quality, are generally considered to be Les Suchots, Les Malconsorts and Les Gaudichots. Les Gaudichots is a tiny 2.5 acre vineyard right next to La Tâche (long ago part of what is today La Tâche was labelled as Gaudichots).

Mounir Saouma likes to say that "Les Gaudichots" is not a Premier or a Grand Cru, but an expression of its terroir - of the hills on which it is planted, a full expression but transparent.  It has fruit and tannin but there is no structure and a total seamlessness in the finish.

Vosne-Romanée "Les Gaudichots" label