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La Romanée, Burgundy, France

Not only is this miniscule 2.1-acre plot Burgundy’s smallest grand cru, it’s also France’s tiniest appellation. A monopole owned by Comte Liger-Belair, the La Romanée Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) was officially established as a red-only AOC in 1936. Here, Pinot Noir is the chief variety, but AOC regulations allow for up to 15 percent Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris to be used in production, though vintners seldom utilize these grapes. The limestone-rich vineyard boasts vines that hover around 50 years old, and it’s located only a stone’s throw from the prestigious Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s La Romanée-Conti plot.

 

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