Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Appellation Romanée Conti Contrôlée*
The wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), situated around the village of Vosne-Romanée, are the most revered in all of Burgundy.
The Domaine’s land-holdings have gradually been built-up since 1232, when the Abbey of Saint Vivant in Vosne acquired 1.8 hectares of vineyard. This was subsequently renamed Romanée in 1631 by the de Croonembourg family who expanded the landholdings over a 130-year period, prior to selling off the property to the Prince de Conti, who named the vineyard Romanée-Conti.
Subsequent owners acquired prime vineyards in Échézeaux, Grands Échézeaux, Richebourg and La Tâche. All of the Domaine’s vineyards are Grand Cru in status and mostly produce Pinot Noir based wines that are rich and complex, yet elegant and sublime. Master of Wine Clive Coates explains, “… this is the purest, most aristocratic and most intense example of Pinot Noir you could possibly imagine.” A highly sought after Chardonnay-based white wine, Le Montrachet, is also produced.
Co-owned by the de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families, today the Domaine is managed by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch. The complex land-ownership laws that are still prevalent in Burgundy (a remnant of the Napoleonic era) means that the de Villaine land is shared amongst ten family members, whilst the Leroy sisters each own twenty-five percent of their family’s share.
100% Pinot Noir
TOP VINTAGES PRODUCED:
1899, 1919, 1923, 1929, 1934, 1937, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1964, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1985, 1990, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009
* Wine & vintages upon request