Domaine de la Romanee Conti

Generally one of the highest rated, most highly desired, and the most expensive wines in the world, DRC is measuring stick against which all other pinot noirs are compares. Whenever we acquire any of these wines, they are immediately snatched up by hungry clients. Quite simply, the demand is so high for these wines and the production so small, availability is not surprisingly extremely limited.

Unlike all the other great Burgundy estates, Romanée-Conti’s strategy has always been to focus on a small number of Grand Cru vineyards, for the most part situated around the village of Vosne-Romanée. The one exception to this rule is a few rows of Montrachet, on the Côte de Beaune.

The historic heart of the estate is the Romanée-Conti vineyard, which passed through the hands of several owners after the French Révolution, including those of the Duvault-Blochet family, who also acquired several other parcels, notably Echézeaux, Richebourg and La Tâche. Between 1933 and 1988 the estate expanded, principally by the acquisition of vines in the Romanée Saint-Vivant and Montrachet vineyards.

The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. In addition to the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanée Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopole, La Tâche, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanée St Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owner of each of the red wine grand crus.




The wines are made by Bernard Noblet in succession to his father André Noblet. Whole clusters are used (no destemming) with a long vatting time avoiding excesses of heat. Yields are mind numbingly low and the winemaking is traditional and perfectionist. These are not merely among the most sumptuous wines of Burgundy but certainly the most stylish. Ancestor Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet was an advocate of harvesting late in order to ensure optimum ripeness, a philosophy to which his descendants adhere today.

FOOD PAIRINGS AND SERVING

This wine is best served at 55°F. You can store this wines in a wine refrigerator at the same temperature, which helps the wine extend its longevity. This wine is best paired with Beef Tenderloin with Ancho and Fennel Seeds. Chicken Breasts with Rosemary and Thyme; Duck Breast, Lentil and Parsnip Salad. Fennel-Scented Duck Breasts with Pinot Noir Sauce. Grilled Salmon with Sweet Onions and Red Bell Peppers. Grilled Skirt Steak and Peaches. Duck Curry.

TASTING NOTES

The wines are the greatest in Burgundy, amazingly rich and smooth, with great aging potential. It is difficult to classify these exceptional growths, of which Aubert de Villaine says "Richebourg is certainly the most sensual of the three; La Tâche is the wine of the soul par excellence; but la Romanée-Conti combines both soul and sensuality".

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is a vivid and expressive treat. It’s very energetic and vibrant, lovely acidiy, open and forward fruit – really showing both terroir and a gorgeous display of fruit. Perhaps not the biggest Echezeaux made – but showing beautifully ..with a magnificent balance. Lovely spicy nose and a delightful airy feel.

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