1978 Richebourg of DRC, Leroy, and Jayer!! The winner? Jayer!!
One of the smaller crops of the decade. Only 1981, 1975 and 1971 were significantly lower. The year 1974, however, was almost identical in size…The reds, too, had good acidity. At first they were clean and richly fruity and had a lot of style. They were clearly better than, if not as big as, the 1976s, but they did not quite have the refinement of the 1971s. On the other hand, they were more even and lasted better. Today, the mark of the 1978 vintage is a finesse and consistency throughout the Côte; this is not one of those vintages (both 1979 and 1980 spring to mind) in which one can single out a section of the vignoble as being superior to the rest. The wines had a vigour and a harmony which gave them structure to last. Pleasant as they were in their youth, the best had— and some still have— the extra dimension and character of maturity. While in the final analysis, few wines have the richness, the succulence and the generosity to make them really fine, 1978 is a very good vintage, and at the top levels, it is still holding up.
Richebourg lies immediately to the north of La Romanée and Romanée-Conti and upslope from Romanée-Saint-Vivant. It is made up of two lieux-dits: Les Richebourgs and Les Véroille; s-sous-Richebourg. While the aspect of Romanée-Conti faces due east, that of Richebourg inclines just a little toward the north at its upper end. Lying at an altitude of between 280 and 260 metres, the gradient is similar to that of Romanée-Conti, as is the soil structure, a pebbly clay-sand mixture with a low sand content, mixed with limestone debris, lying on the rosy Prémeaux rock of the lower Bathonian period.