Since the fifteenth century, to help their fellow mankind, men and women have bequeathed their property to the Hospices de Beaune, (Hotel Dieu at the time of Nicolas Rolin). The Hospital de Beaune is an established public health facility whose operating rules are identical to those of all public hospitals. The Hospices de Beaune area is so built as a reflection of the generosity of the Burgundians and the multitude of the greatest terroirs of Burgundy.
This wine was baptised with the name of its generous donor, Joseph Menault, who made a gift of his vines to the Hôtel-Dieu in 1992. The whole vineyard needing to be replanted, new vines date from 1996 and 1997.
The village of Saint-Romain nestles below rocky cliffs, west of Meursault. The Cuvee comes from 2 parcels: the “Village Haut”, extremely steep, situated at an elevation of more than 400 metres, near the highest point of Saint-Romain and the “Sous la Velle”, situated 50 metres below. Older vintages are endowed with intense perfume, lovely minerality and thoroughbred character.